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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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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

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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In this section our aim is to give necessary and sufficient conditions for the reducibility of linear dynamic systems on time scales, which include the results of [14,15].
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Goodman holds that many different world-versions are of independent interest and importance without any requirement or presumption of reducibility to a single base.
As shown in Figure 9, for the used catalysts, hydrogen uptake and the percentage reduction decrease, which reveals that regeneration of the used catalysts at the reduction conditions similar to reduction step for fresh catalyst, cannot recover the catalyst reducibility as well as catalyst activity by 100% at all locations of the reactor.
Kanovei begins with an explanation of the descriptive said he read it back ground, and some theorems of descriptive set theory, then progresses to such topics as Borel ideals, equivalence relations, Borel reducibility of equivalents relations, elementary results, countable equivalence relations, hyperfinite equivalence relations, the first and second dichotomy theorems actions of the infinite symmetric group, turbulent group actions, summable equivalence relations, equalities, pinned equivalence relations, and the production of Borel equivalence relations to Borel ideals.
Manders; Reducibility, Randomness and Intractability.
The logically oriented mathematics in fact cannot pass over the postulation, but it reduces it to just a few absent postulates, for instance, the axiom of infinity and reducibility with Russell.
Other types of capital have their efficacy "which reduces social exchanges to phenomena of communication and ignores the brutal fact of universal reducibility to economics" (Bourdieu 1983).
The creationist controversy and genetic engineering get the biggest headlines, but biology's in-house debates about evolution are showing equally significant philosophical resonance: about the reducibility of biology to physics, about the explanatory adequacy of natural selection, about the proportionate influence and nature and nurture, and even about the nature of science itself.
The results of the study give account of the differential distribution of cases of infantile mortality in the City, and have allowed to evaluate them by following not only the criteria of classification based on its basic and associated causes but also it's reducibility.
9) Caroline Walker Bynum's comment on the reducibility, or commensurability, of 'otherness' to 'sameness' is illuminating: 'What is encountered in [.
Although the issues merit careful research and more detailed treatment than can be afforded to them here (see for instance Merchant 2001), this hypothesis offers insight into interesting aspects like anaphora and ellipsis, because a natural hierarchy of syntactic elements as to their degree of intrinsic prominence, and general predictions as to their omissibility or reducibility at PHON follow from the Last Resort nature of structure-building vs.