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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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She said: "I was absolutely disgusted to find that, due to a burial close to my mum's, Kirklees Council has covered her grave in rubble - despite that the area behind her grave being empty.
Cheap Sotheary, provincial coordinator for rights group Adhoc, said from the scene that hundreds of rescue team had been removing the rubble to find any remaining victims.
Disaster officials recorded15fatalities, while14 people were reported missing in Central Luzon and dozens of others were injured by falling rubble, including in Manila.
However, four of those who were trapped in the rubble were rescued an hour after.
The death toll has progressively risen in the past few days as rescuers battle blisteringly cold temperatures to recover people trapped under the rubble.
"Hundreds of people were waiting for the appearance of the injured child from under the rubble like a miracle.
Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Zinichev said at a meeting with Putin there were 'presumably between 36 and 40 people under the rubble' as of Monday evening, agencies reported.
The man, who had been trapped under the rubble since 5.30pm on Friday, was said to have been singing praises when his faint voice was heard by the workers.
On Monday morning heads of debris and rubble were seen strewn around the Empress Market building.
Penang Fire and Rescue Department Deputy Chief Mohamad Shoki Hamzah said his men will continue to dig deeper to the bottom of the rubble to ensure all potential victims are found.
There was initial confusion over the death toll and officials spent much of yesterday searching for people in the rubble. Firefighters said two people were pulled alive from vehicles in the debris and taken to hospital by helicopter.
Vet Shaun Moore, who cares for Rubble, in Exeter, Devon, said: "He is quite likely to be the oldest cat in the UK.
Amazing photos reveal the anti-tanks blocks and rubble thought to originate from theLiverpool Blitzwere lying under tonnes of mud on Oglet Shore, between Speke and Hale Village.
Ten people have died after a car crashed into a dilapidated building in Indore and brought down the century-old structure, burying them beneath rubble, police said yesterday.