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Destructionof wildcats: a group of wildcats. See also dout.
See Also: DISINTEGRATION
- As killing as the canker to the rose —John Milton
- (Bones) breaking like hearts —Bin Ramke
- Break [a person’s spirit] like a biscuit —Beaumont and Fletcher
- Break like a bursting heart —Percy Bysshe Shelley
- Break like dead leaves —Richard Howard
- Cracked like parchment —Sin Ai
- Cracked like the ice in a frozen daiquiri —Anon
- (Her projects of happiness … ) crackled in the wind like dead boughs —Gustave Flaubert
- Crack like walnuts —Rita Mae Brown
- Crack like wishbones —Diane Ackerman
- Cracks … like a glass in which the contents turned to ice, and shiver it —Herman Melville
- [Fender and hood of a car] crumpled like tinfoil —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Crushed like an empty beer can —Anon
- Crushed … like rats in a slate fall —Davis Grubb
In Grubb’s novel, The Barefoot Man, the simile refers to miners who lost their lives.
- Crushed like rotten apples —William Shakespeare
- Crushed me like a grape —Carla Lane, British television sitcom, “Solo,” broadcast, May 19, 1987
- (And I’ll be) cut up like a pie —Irish ballad
- Destructive as moths in a woolens closet —Anon
- [Time’s malevolent effect on body] dragging him down like a bursting sack —Gerald Kersh
- (The Communists are) eating us away like an old fruit —Janet Flanner
- (Men) fade like leaves —Aristophanes
- Flattened her pitiful attempt like a locomotive running on a single track full steam ahead —Cornell Woolrich
- (Creditors ready to) gnaw him to bits … like maggots at work on a carcass —George Garrett
- The grass (at Shea Stadium) looked as if it had been attacked by animals that had not grazed for ages —Alex Yannis, New York Times, September 18, 1986
Yannis, in reporting on the Mets’ winning the National League Eastern Division title, used the simile to describe the fans’ destruction of the playing field.
- If I do [give up] … I’ll be like a bullfighter gone horn-shy —Loren D. Estleman
- Like a divorce … goes ripping through our lives —Book jacket copy describing effect of Sharon Sheehe Stark’s novel, A Wrestling Season.
- Marked for annihilation like an orange scored for peeling —Yehuda Amichai
- My heroes [Chicago Cubs] had wilted like slugs —George F. Will
- Pollutes … like ratbite —William Alfred
- Self-destructing like a third-rate situation comedy —Warren T. Brookes, on Republican party, Wall Street Journal, July 15, 1986
- Shattered like a walnut shell —Charles Dickens
In Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, the comparison refers to a broken wine cask.
- Shatter them like so much glass —Robert Louis Stevenson
- Shrivel up like some old straw broom —Joyce Carol Oates
- Snap like dry chicken bones —David Michael
- [Taut nerves] snap like guy wires in a tornado —Nardi Reeder Campion, New York Times r/raes/Op-Ed, January, 5, 1987
- (Then the illusion) snapped like a nest of threads —F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Snapped off [due to frailness] like celery —Lawrence Durrell
- (Who can accept that spirit can be) snuffed as finally as a flame —Barbara Lazear Ascher, New York Times 77mes/Hers, October 30, 1986
- They [free-spending wife and daughter] ate holes in me like Swiss cheese —Clifford Odets
- Wear out their lives, like old clothes —John Cheever
- Your destruction comes as a whirlwind —The Holy Bible /Proverbs
|Noun||1.||destruction - the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists|
disaster - an act that has disastrous consequences
kill - the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile; "the pilot reported two kills during the mission"
laying waste, ruining, wrecking, ruination, ruin - destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined
decimation - destroying or killing a large part of the population (literally every tenth person as chosen by lot)
self-destruction - the act of destroying yourself; "his insistence was pure self-destruction"
neutralisation, neutralization - (euphemism) the removal of a threat by killing or destroying it (especially in a covert operation or military operation)
sabotage - a deliberate act of destruction or disruption in which equipment is damaged
holocaust - an act of mass destruction and loss of life (especially in war or by fire); "a nuclear holocaust"
demolition - the act of demolishing
spoliation - (law) the intentional destruction of a document or an alteration of it that destroys its value as evidence
|2.||destruction - an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something|
conclusion, ending, finish - event whose occurrence ends something; "his death marked the ending of an era"; "when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show"
annihilation, disintegration - total destruction; "bomb tests resulted in the annihilation of the atoll"
ravage, depredation - (usually plural) a destructive action; "the ravages of time"; "the depredations of age and disease"
|3.||destruction - a final state; "he came to a bad end"; "the so-called glorious experiment came to an inglorious end"|
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"