reduced to doing

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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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So it is reduced to doing the only thing it can do in such a situation: bomb targets from the air and hope the other side surrenders -- out of sheer terror or out of hunger.
The problem is not arming the police it's the lack of police numbers and the fact that they are reduced to doing social work rather than policing and being able to lawfully apprehend and not being disrespected by the kids knowing they cannot be touched!
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Having the President exercise that unprecedented power of control down to the smallest barangay, with every community leader grateful for his or her appointment reduced to doing the bidding of Malacanang, brings back worrying echoes of Marcos' use of barangay assemblies to solidify his grip on the country.
He comments perceptively that Newman "sees God acting as living person in our midst, drawing us into dimensions of interpersonal life with God that could never be reduced to doing our universal duty" (215).
He said: "They will be reduced to doing essential tasks which they're not ideally used for because there's no-one else to do it".
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