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English definition of “lay sth (to) waste”

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lay sth (to) waste

( also lay waste to sth)
to completely destroy something: The bomb laid the city centre to waste.
Translations of “lay sth (to) waste”
in Chinese (Traditional) 完全摧毀,徹底搗毀…
in Chinese (Simplified) 完全摧毁,彻底捣毁…
(Definition of lay sth (to) waste from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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