lay waste to
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Related to lay waste to: laid to waste
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|Verb||1.||lay waste to - cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"|
ruin, destroy - destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up"
ruin - reduce to ruins; "The country lay ruined after the war"