put to the torch


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put to the torch (or put a torch to)

destroy by burning.
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put to the torch

To destroy by fire; burn down.
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The Rohingyas have, in the past two years, faced widespread communal violence where their mosques have been looted and desecrated and their homes and businesses put to the torch.
Even as 'blighted' neighbourhoods are put to the torch to reduce the cost of demolition, Derelict Paradise treads lightly around concomitant emotions, definitions of home and the psychological trauma of being forced from homefulness to homelessness; an effort to spare the victims perhaps.
Anacostia was a sea of flames as, one after another, the hovels were put to the torch.
So now we have a further 14 put to the torch along with two cars and a boat
Yet now they are persona non grata in the Muslim world, flags burning, embassies put to the torch and people parading in London pretending to be suicide bombers as a result of a few cartoons.
But the priory was put to the torch by invading Scots in 1296, with another raid by William Wallace and his force the next year.