reduce (something) to ashes

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of reduce (something) to ashes

: to completely destroy (something) by burning
  • Their house was reduced to ashes by the fire.

Word by Word Definitions

reduce play
  1. : to draw together or cause to converge : consolidate

  2. : to diminish in size, amount, extent, or number

  3. : to decrease the volume and concentrate the flavor of by boiling

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

ash play ashes
  1. : any of a genus (Fraxinus) of trees of the olive family with pinnate leaves, thin furrowed bark, and gray branchlets

  2. : the tough elastic wood of an ash

  3. : the ligature æ used in Old English and some phonetic alphabets to represent a low front vowel \a\

  1. : something that symbolizes grief, repentance, or humiliation

  2. : the solid residue left when combustible material is thoroughly burned or is oxidized by chemical means

  3. : fine particles of mineral matter from a volcanic vent

  1. : to convert into ash


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