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lay waste to

Definitions of lay waste to
  1. verb
    cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
    “The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion”
    synonyms: desolate, devastate, ravage, scourge, waste
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    types:
    ruin
    reduce to ruins
    type of:
    destroy, ruin
    destroy completely; damage irreparably
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