lay waste to (or lay something (to) waste)

lay waste to (or lay something (to) waste)
lay waste to (or lay something (to) waste)
completely destroy.
waste

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  • lay something waste — lay something waste/lay waste to something/ phrase to cause very serious damage to a place, especially in a war Thesaurus: to destroy or severely damage somethingsynonym Main entry: lay * * * lay something (to) waste s …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay waste to something — lay something waste/lay waste to something/ phrase to cause very serious damage to a place, especially in a war Thesaurus: to destroy or severely damage somethingsynonym Main entry: lay …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay — lay1 W2S1 [leı] v the past tense of ↑lie 1 lay 2 lay2 v past tense and past participle laid [leıd] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(put somebody/something down)¦ 2 lay bricks/carpet/concrete/cables etc 3¦(bird/insect etc)¦ 4¦(table)¦ 5 lay the foundations/ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lay waste to — verb cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion • Syn: ↑waste, ↑devastate, ↑desolate, ↑ravage, ↑scourge • Derivationally related forms: ↑scourge …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay — lay1 [ leı ] (past tense and past participle laid [ leıd ] ) verb *** ▸ 1 put down flat/carefully ▸ 2 push egg from body ▸ 3 plan and prepare ▸ 4 lie ▸ 5 prepare table for meal ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) transitive lay on/in/across/against to put something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • lay — I UK [leɪ] / US verb Word forms lay : present tense I/you/we/they lay he/she/it lays present participle laying past tense laid UK [leɪd] / US past participle laid *** Collocations: Lay means to put something in a particular place or position: I… …   English dictionary

  • lay — I [[t]le͟ɪ[/t]] VERB AND NOUN USES ♦♦ lays, laying, laid (In standard English, the form lay is also the past tense of the verb in some meanings. In informal English, people sometimes use the word lay instead of …   English dictionary

  • lay — 1 /leI/ verb the past tense of lie 1 2 verb past tense and past participle laid 1 PUT SB/STH DOWN (transitive always + adv/prep) to put someone or something down carefully into a flat position: lay sth in/on/under etc: Laying my coat carefully on …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • lay — I verb 1) Curtis laid the newspaper on the table Syn: put, place, set, put down, set down, deposit, rest, situate, locate, position; informal stick, dump, park, plunk 2) the act laid the foundation for the new system …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • waste — verb 1》 use carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose.     ↘(usu. be wasted on) expend on an unappreciative recipient: small talk was wasted on him.     ↘fail to make full or good use of. 2》 (often waste away) become progressively weaker and… …   English new terms dictionary

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