lay waste to

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Related to lay waste to: laid to waste
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Verb1.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"
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The closure of CNG industry will lay waste to the Rs450 billion investment and leave many jobless, said the central leader of APCNGA Ghiyas Paracha.
We are not going to stand by and watch another disastrous budget lay waste to the city that we know and love.
How odd that Tory hardliners, who are happy to lay waste to the rights enjoyed by employees in companies or to oppose environmental protection because they claim we can't afford it, are nonetheless happy to cripple businesses and jobs creation with a massive cost of bureaucracy.
This is mutually assured destruction, with you as a nuclear nation hovering your hands over the Big Red Button, ready to lay waste to cities, continents and ultimately the world itself.
He said that food grown over 1.4 billion hectares, an area larger than China, is wasted annually which also lay waste to all the investment.
ONCE again developers' greed is about to lay waste to a tract of Powys countryside.