put to the torch

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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 to the torch

To destroy by fire; burn down.
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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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Defense has been OSU's strong suit since it put to the torch 28 years of losing seasons in 1999.
Some councillors will lead hundreds of hatchet-faced puritans in prayer as crate-loads of rubber phalluses are put to the torch.
The guests examined the narcotics and tested the heroin with chemical-testing kits before the drugs were put to the torch.
A replica of 17th-Century London is rising in the countryside - fated to be put to the torch in a re-creation of the Great Fire of London to celebrate the Millennium.
This week, I saw another 17 villages being put to the torch and spoke to the terrified families being driven from place to place by this barbarity.
In another two years or so, the whole affair will be put to the torch, which would doom most any other infant pine woods.
That was Kristallnacht, the night when every synagogue in Germany and Austria was put to the torch, when Jewish shops were plundered, when Jews caught on the streets were hauled off to prisons from which many never returned, or were beaten to death on the spot.