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level (something) to the ground

To raze something; to demolish something so that nothing is left standing or intact. My brother wanted to level my parents' old house to the ground when they passed away. A huge crowd turned up to watch the demolition team level the old building to the ground.
See also: ground, level
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

level something to the ground

to crush or demolish something down to the ground. They were forced to level the building to the ground, because they could not afford to maintain it. The house was leveled to the ground by the tornado.
See also: ground, level
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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NNA - June 19, 2011 Nato forces unwittingly helped Libyan dictator Mouammar Gadhafi as planes leveled to the ground a 2-storey apartment bloc in Tripoli killing 5 members of the same family and wounding 18 others.
Nahr el Bared was almost completely leveled to the ground between May and September 2007, when the al-Qaeda inspired organization Fatah-Islam waged war against the Lebanese army in the camp.
IRBIL, Nov 17 (KUNA) -- Iraqi Defence Ministry announced Thursday that the recaptured ancient city of Nimrud, located some 30 kilometres south of Mosul, has been leveled to the ground by the so-called Islamic State (IS).
IRBIL -- Iraqi Defence Ministry announced Thursday that the recaptured ancient city of Nimrud, located some 30 kilometres south of Mosul, has been leveled to the ground by the so-called Islamic State (IS).
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