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reduce (something) to rubble

To completely destroy something, either literally or figuratively. The tornado reduced whole towns to rubble. Being rejected by that famous director totally reduced my confidence to rubble.
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in reduced circumstances

At a much lower level of income or financial means. The one-time business tycoon has now been living in reduced circumstances in a small village in Norway.
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reduce (one) to (something)

To bring one to a lesser or worse state than they are typically in. Poverty reduced him to homelessness for a brief period of time.
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reduce (one) to tears

To cause one to cry. I know it's embarrassing, but sappy movies like that always reduce me to tears.
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reduced circumstances

A much lower level of income or financial means than one is used to. The one-time business tycoon has now been living in reduced circumstances in a small village in Norway. Our reduced circumstances have meant moving into a much smaller house in a rougher part of town.
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reduce (something) by (something)

To make something smaller, weaker, narrower, etc., by some amount, degree, or margin. The government has reduced our budget by nearly 25%. Even reducing the temperature on the thermostat by a few degrees could save you hundreds on your energy bill each month.
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reduce from (something) to (something)

1. To lower something from some amount, degree, or margin to a lower one. A noun or pronoun is used between "reduce" and "from." Often used in passive constructions. We were forced to reduce our staff from 100 people to just 25 in order to stay afloat. Wow, this computer has been reduced from $1200 to just $600!
2. To diminish or weaken someone or something from some degree or position of power, strength, or effectiveness to a lower one. A noun or pronoun is used between "reduce" and "from." Often used in passive constructions. The government has reduced our agency from an effective industry regulator to a pencil-pushing façade. The film's emotional ending reduced him from a stoic, unflinching tough guy to a sobbing, blubbering mess. Seeing her after so many years reduced me from the elegant, sophisticated woman I'd spent so long perfecting to the same dopey schoolgirl I used to be.
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reduce (one) to silence

To cause one to become silent, especially after being noisy or outspoken. The loud bang reduced the entire classroom to silence. I've had my vocal critics over the years, but I have faith that my next project will reduce them all to silence.
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reduce (one) to (doing something)

To cause, force, or bring one to perform some humble, unbefitting, or undignified action or behavior. Often used in passive constructions. I can't believe I was reduced to begging for my job when they threatened to fire me. Those idiotic lawmen will never reduce me to pleading for my life.
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in reduced circumstances

Euph. in poverty. After Frederick lost his position, we lived in reduced circumstances while waiting for my inheritance.
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reduce someone to silence

to cause someone to be silent. The rebuke reduced him to silenceat last. Mary was reduced to silence by Jane's comments.
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reduce someone to tears

to cause a person to cry through insults, frustration, and belittling. He scolded her so much that she was reduced to tears by the end of the meeting.
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reduce something by something

to diminish something by a certain amount. I have to reduce your allowance by two dollars per week until you pay me back for the broken window. I will reduce the bill by a few dollars.
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reduce (something) from (something to something)

to diminish something from one degree to a lower degree. I will reduce the fine from two hundred dollars to one hundred dollars. Mary reduced her demands from a large sum to a smaller one.
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reduced to doing something

brought into a certain humble condition or state. The poor man was reduced to begging for food.
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in reduced circumstances

used euphemistically to refer to the state of being poor after being relatively wealthy.
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reˌduced ˈcircumstances

the state of being poorer than you were before. People say ‘living in reduced circumstances’ to avoid saying ‘poor’: As time passed, his reduced circumstances became more and more obvious to his friends and colleagues.
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reduce to

v.
1. To decrease something to some level: The drought reduced the stream to a trickle.
2. To bring someone to some humbler, weaker, difficult, or forced state or condition: The illness had reduced them almost to emaciation. The sight of her mother reduced her to tears. The army reduced him from a command post to a desk job.
3. To bring someone to such a humble, weak, or desperate state or condition that he or she does something drastic: The Depression reduced many to begging on the street.
4. To damage or destroy something, leaving it in some lesser state: The blaze reduced the warehouse to ashes.
5. To make something shorter and simpler; summarize something: Their entire business philosophy can be reduced to "The customer is always right."
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