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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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Men were demolishing something with axes on the beach near the stockade--the poor jolly-boat, I afterwards discovered.
And thus was consummated the work commenced by the Declaration of Independence--a work in which the people of the North American Union, acting under the deepest sense of responsibility to the Supreme Ruler of the universe, had achieved the most transcendent act of power that social man in his mortal condition can perform--even that of dissolving the ties of allegiance by which he is bound to his country; of renouncing that country itself; of demolishing its government; of instituting another government; and of making for himself another country in its stead.
Perhaps that's the reason I never could feel perfectly serious while they were demolishing the world about my ears.
Beebe, and as she spoke, her long narrow head drove backwards and forwards, slowly, regularly, as though she were demolishing some invisible obstacle.
thought D'Artagnan; "if I had any interest or motive in demolishing your credit with the king, I could do it in ten minutes.
Thus the keen dagger in the girl's hand put an end to all hopes of entering without completely demolishing the door.
Sally dived into her bed, recklessly demolishing the last pie, and scattering the candy far and wide.
As for me, I was hungry, and contented myself with silently demolishing the tea, ham, and toast, while my mother and sister went on talking, and continued to discuss the apparent or non-apparent circumstances, and probable or improbable history of the mysterious lady; but I must confess that, after my brother's misadventure, I once or twice raised the cup to my lips, and put it down again without daring to taste the contents, lest I should injure my dignity by a similar explosion.
When she rolled she fell on her side headlong, and she would be righted back by such a demolishing blow that Jukes felt her reeling as a clubbed man reels before he collapses.
dated to-day, and offering a reward of five hundred pounds--five hundred pounds is a great deal of money, and a large temptation to some people--to any one who will discover the person or persons most active in demolishing those chapels on Saturday night.
International Solidarity Movement (ISM) on Wednesday August 19, said thatIsraeli occupation forces began demolishing a three-story home of the Totah and Totanji families in the Wadi Joz neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem.
AC city Ata Ul Haq said that operation to demolish structures hindering execution of Metro Bus project was launched last Monday after people expressed hesitation in demolishing steructures on their own.