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tr.v. de·mol·ished, de·mol·ish·ing, de·mol·ish·es
1. To tear down or break apart the structure of; raze. See Synonyms at destroy.
2. To do away with completely; put an end to: The opposing team's home run demolished any hopes we had of winning the game.
3. To damage (someone's reputation, for example) severely.

[French démolir, démoliss-, from Latin dēmōlīrī : dē-, de- + mōlīrī, to build (from mōlēs, mass).]
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Noun1.demolishing - complete destruction of a buildingdemolishing - complete destruction of a building  
destruction, devastation - the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
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The wide-spread grunting drove came on in a surging mass, and without showing any respect for Don Quixote's dignity or Sancho's, passed right over the pair of them, demolishing Sancho's entrenchments, and not only upsetting Don Quixote but sweeping Rocinante off his feet into the bargain; and what with the trampling and the grunting, and the pace at which the unclean beasts went, pack-saddle, armour, Dapple and Rocinante were left scattered on the ground and Sancho and Don Quixote at their wits' end.
Men were demolishing something with axes on the beach near the stockade--the poor jolly-boat, I afterwards discovered.
A week earlier, the Israeli occupation authorities handed the demolition order to the Palestinian citizen notifying him of demolishing his two properties, Bureijeh added.
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The governors of Kashkadarya, Ferghana and Khorezm regions apologized before people, head of state, bloggers and international community by the order of the President for the mistakes made in demolishing of houses and buildings of people and entrepreneurs.
Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Thursday started demolishing, the standing partially demolished structures from the right way of Kashmir Highway sector G-12.
CDA and ICTA are demolishing encroachment without any fear or favour all over the city, said an official statement.
According to CDA, on Tuesday owner of the house quarreled with the CDA teams and created hindrance in demolishing the room and the matter was taken up and application for registration of FIR has already been filed in Police Station Golra.
Staff from the Israeli municipality, backed by Israeli forces, stormed several neighborhoods in Silwan, Jabal al-Mukaber, and Sour Baher, and carried out a demolition campaign, demolishing residential and agricultural structures, under the pretext of unpermitted construction.
Expressing anguish over demolishing of the city wall, District Nazim Mohammad Asim Khan has sought report in the matter and directed reconstruction of the wall as soon as possible.
ISLAMABAD -- After PPP and MQM-P, senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader has also spoken up against the Supreme Court orders of razing buildings built in violation of laws saying 'demolishing them would create a big disaster'.