put (something) to the torch

put (something) to the torch

To set fire to something with the intention of destroying it. The soldiers stormed through the village, putting homes to the torch as they went. Many holy scriptures of the religion were put to the torch during the war.
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put to the torch (or put a torch to)

destroy by burning.
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put something to the ˈtorch

(literary) set fire to something deliberately: The original castle was put to the torch in the 18th century, although it was rebuilt later.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

put to the torch

To destroy by fire; burn down.
See also: put, to, torch
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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