reduce (something) to rubble

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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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Pictures and videos posted on social media on Sunday had showed flames leaping into the sky from the site which was reduced to rubble.
Much of the Arabian Peninsula country's infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war.
The 300-year-old entrance to one of Scotland's oldest cemeteries has been reduced to rubble after it was hit by a truck.
A four-storey building for primary and secondary school pupils was reduced to rubble as the 7.
Helicopter video from WCCO-TV and KARE-TV shows extensive damage at the trailer park, with several homes reduced to rubble.
IT WAS one of the city centre's biggest buildings for years - but the former Copperas Hill sorting office is now being reduced to rubble.
I recently spent time with a Syrian refugee family, and sat with them around a television while they watched brutal images of their home town being heavily bombed and reduced to rubble.
THIS historic Mirfield building is being reduced to rubble.
I was really angry reading your story about the University Settlement building in Splott being reduced to rubble (Echo, April 7).
The last remains of the 1970s eyesore were reduced to rubble on Saturday.
When Stark's Malibu mansion is reduced to rubble, along with all his gadgets and gizmos, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible.
For the first time in Europe, he says, an entire city was reduced to rubble by an aerial attack, and an attack on an undefended civilian population was conceived as a war experiment intended to measure the impact of the raid on the morale of the enemy by inflicting the maximum number of casualties and the greatest material damage.
Its ancient columns have been reduced to rubble, its structures levelled in an act that is hard to fathom.
SO much of Birmingham's architecture in the past has been reduced to rubble and replaced with inferior buildings that it is a wonder that any still exists.
The historic Old City of Homs was formerly a popular tourists destination, but since the beginning the Syrian conflict, Homs has nearly been reduced to rubble.
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