lay waste to

idiom

: to cause very bad damage to (something)
The fire laid waste to the land.

Examples of lay waste to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tactical nuclear weapons, as the term implies, are far smaller and less powerful than strategic nuclear armaments such as intercontinental ballistic missiles carrying nuclear payloads that could lay waste to large population centers. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2024 Expected to lay waste to the field, the Senna-Williams combination seemed almost cursed with multiple problems every week before the San Marino Grand Prix. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 3 May 2024 Soon after, Shadowlands forces break through the Crab’s giant wall and start to lay waste to the country side. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Several blockbusters have already been moved off their 2024 release dates, as the strike continues to lay waste to the theatrical calendar. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 29 Oct. 2023 Well, putting yourself over the community may drive your company to lay waste to that which doesn’t serve the bottom line. Philip Wolf, Rolling Stone, 31 Jan. 2024 Their intense tropical sun and high humidity could lay waste to even the most modern and high-tech of buildings if left untouched for centuries. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 2 May 2023 There’s little mention of the virus that weeks later would lay waste to global aviation. Angus Whitley, Fortune, 26 June 2021 Stepan Holovko, an Azov soldier fighting to defend Mariupol since the war began, said the Ukrainians inflicted heavy losses on Russian infantry, prompting Russian forces to lay waste to the city using tactics previously seen in Syria or Chechnya. Vivian Salama, WSJ, 17 May 2022

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“Lay waste to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lay%20waste%20to. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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