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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 (someone) to (something)

To bring someone 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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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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All patients had traumatically acquired reducible type II or rostral type III odontoid fractures.
Its use suggests that working for a business is not, and ought not to be, reducible to the narrowly defined stipulations of a labor contract, however freely entered into.
However, there are a number of convincing arguments that the sciences do not form a hierarchy, such that laws of the higher science are reducible to the laws of the lower science.
Surgery was deferred while the laryngoceles remained reducible and asymptomatic, and the boy was cleared to continue playing.
The main thesis of the consilience world view "is that all tangible phenomena, from the birth of the stars to the workings of social institutions, are based on material processes that are ultimately reducible, however long and tortuous the sequences, to the laws of physics.
The Christian faith is not reducible to the level of every other religion," Whitehead wrote.
Although solvent based adhesives have proven to be quite effective, environmental and health hazard concerns have caused many manufacturers today to opt for water, reducible (latex) adhesives in the processes.
An effort is made here not only to report trends in the study of social stratification but also to emphasise an understanding and explanation Of the ideology, the structure, and, the process of social inequality, both temporally and contextually: An attempt is made to analyse the theoretical and methodological issues by hammering to dissolution the antinomies like caste and class, caste and power, Power and class, structure and culture, and structure and process; as they could all be seen together as interacting components at the conceptual as well as the empirical levels, they are not seen to be reducible to each other.
The weakness of Scribner's book is his structuralist assumption that Reformation culture is reducible to a dialectic of binary opposition.
Although convenient excuses may be provided to rationalize not looking for fraud, it remains a reducible loss.
Despite their insistence that it is not so reducible, the authors frequently infer "cognitive ability" from education or simply class position.
All problems are reducible to "too many people demanding too much from the planet.
Compatible with 100% acrylic, vinyl acrylic and SBR resins, water soluble and water reducible resins, SD-15 is competitively priced and provides greater thickening efficiency.
Moreover, consciousness feeds off an individual's singular point of view, thus rendering it subjective and not reducible to traditional objective measurements of behavior, he maintains.
Facilitating the development of natural supports is a highly individualized process that requires a degree of skill and judgement that may not be reducible to a set of implementation instructions.