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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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Meanwhile, Israeli bulldozers infiltrated Gaza borders and razed land East of the town of Khuza'a, East of Khan Younis city, in the Southern Gaza Strip.
Kayid Abu Bakr, who heads a coal factory owners syndicate, said that Israeli forces razed the facility, including two dormitories and 11 storehouses, adding that they seized tons of wood and coal.
The Popular Committee Coordinator in Yatta, Rateb al-Jabour, told the State of Palestine News Agency "WAFA" that Israeli bulldozers, protected by Israeli forces, razed more than 10-dunums of agricultural land planted with crops and belonging to three families in the area.
Mike Hart, of Bart Fire Company in Pennsylvania, said: "It's going to be razed, topsoil brought in and grass planted."
He said the land razed belongs to a local Palestinian farmer called Mohammad Yahya Ayyash.
Fire leaves 20 Caloocan families homeless !-- -- Marc Jayson Cayabyab (The Philippine Star) - February 6, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines Twenty families were left homeless when a fire razed a slum area in Barangay 8, Caloocan City before dawn yesterday.
LAHORE -- A team of enforcement unit of Multan Development Authority (MDA) razed an under construction plaza which was being built on residential peace of land at Chungi no 1 on Wednesday.
Many streets of Burns Road, Akbar Road and surrounding localities are chocked as the municipal authorities have not lifted debris of the razed illegal shops and structurers from footpaths.
According to details, the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) razed numerous shops, cafes and restaurants which were famous for their signature taste in traditional cuisines.
KARACHI -- Antiencroachment is in full swing in Karachi after Supreme Court orders and hundreds of illegal shops were razed in the Light House area on Monday.
On Thursday, encroachments and illegal constructions in Mohammad Ali Society and Dhoraji area were razed by theAnti-Encroachment cell of theKarachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC).
HARIPUR -- An illegally-constructed block factory was razed in Khanpur area during an anti-encroachment drive here on Sunday.
2 (Petra) -Bulldozers of Israeli extremists razed early Tuesday Palestinian-owned land in Khirbat Lajjn, south of the West Bank city of Nablus.
NO fewer than 50 lock up shops were on Monday razed at the Gboko Main Market in Gboko Local Government area of Benue State.
The fire razed 162 homes and left 227 families or 1,195 individuals homeless, according to the City Hall's Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS).