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reduce sb to sth

phrasal verb with reduce uk   /rɪˈdʒuːs/ us   /rɪˈduːs/ verb [I or T]
C2 to make someone unhappy or cause someone to be in a bad state or situation: His comments reduced her to tears (= made her cry). The sergeant was reduced to the ranks (= made an ordinary soldier) 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 butts left in the ashtrays.
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