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reduce sb to sth

phrasal verb with reduce uk   /rɪˈdjuːs/  us   /-ˈduːs/ verb [I or T]
C2 to make someone ​unhappy or ​cause someone to be in a ​badstate or ​situation: His ​commentsreduced her to tears (= made her ​cry). The ​sergeant was ​reduced to the ​ranks (= made an ​ordinarysoldier) for his ​cowardice.C2 If you are ​reduced to doing something, you are ​forced to do it because you have no other ​choice: He was out of ​cigarettes and was ​reduced to ​smoking the ​buttsleft in the ​ashtrays.
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