raze (something) to the ground

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raze (something) to the ground

To completely demolish or destroy something until it is nothing but rubble on the ground. We've decided to raze this rickety old building to the ground. The wildfire ravaged the mountain town, razing countless buildings to the ground.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

raze something to the ground

to tear down something, usually a building, to ground level. The council decided to raze the old city hall to the ground. This building is to be razed to the ground.
See also: ground, raze, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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'If I had been shut up in any place to pine and suffer, I should always hate that place and wish to burn it down, or raze it to the ground. I know no more.'
Demolition work on the outer wall of Governor House began on Sunday afternoon following Prime Minister Imran Khan's instructions to raze it to the ground to present a clear view of the majestic building for motorists travelling on The Mall.