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lay waste to

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lay waste to cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
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Usage

In literature:

Ahead of me lay that trackless waste through which I must literally cut my way to the goal.
"The North Pole" by Robert E. Peary
The Mountain that kept watch to the north of Rockland lay waste and almost inviolate through much of its domain.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 5, No. 28, February, 1860" by Various
Broad wastes of sand extended in places from bank to bank, and what water there was lay in heated pools.
"Marion's Faith." by Charles King
Buying and selling we lay waste our powers,' and break ourselves away from our simple devotion to that dear Lord.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
My answer was, 'To enter their country and lay it waste.
"The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido" by Henry Keppel
Ziza's Bible lay on the counterpane close to her wasted little hand.
"Fighting the Flames" by R.M. Ballantyne
Couldst thou bear to lay waste this land which gave thee birth and nurture?
"Stories From Livy" by Alfred Church
The Master said, To tell unto the dust all that we hear upon the way is to lay waste the mind.
"The Sayings Of Confucius" by Confucius
Philip Augustus knew better, and by way of giving them a lesson, employed three nobles of the vicinity to lay waste the Church lands.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Not finding any one at hand to resist them, the Bernicians began to lay waste the country as they passed.
"Stories from English History" by Hilda T. Skae
Thou wast ever one to follow distant dreams, neglecting the good that lay within hand's reach.
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
The loss of Mainz in July set free a large force which was used to lay waste La Vendee.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
The instructions were obeyed, and Sullivan did not cease until he found no more to lay waste.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
And with exactly the same time intervals the bolts arrived from space to lay waste the earth.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
As they came over the last of the ridges, the grey waste of the country sloping from all sides to the lake lay open before them.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
He meant to lay a good deal more in waste than perhaps any one would suspect.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
A few days after this an army was seen marching against the kingdom of Panthui, threatening to lay it waste and take the Tsar prisoner.
"The Russian Garland" by Various
One poor woman lay in bed wasted to a shadow, her bones nearly sticking through her skin.
"Workhouse Characters" by Margaret Wynne Nevinson
Colonel Brekenridge, once a large man now wasted to a shadow of his former self, lay in a specially built reclining wheel chair.
"Dan Carter and the Haunted Castle" by Mildred A. Wirt
And here you are, going to lay waste my country, and perhaps burn up my house.
"Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty" by J. W. de Forest
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In poetry:

But word is gane to the Land-sergeant,
In Askirton where that he lay--
"The deer that ye hae hunted lang,
Is seen into the Waste this day."
"Hobbie Noble" by Andrew Lang
But order in the lofty firmament
Draws a viewers' thoughts less so,
Than doth Thine own law, Lord, to propriety
Turn the senses and lay waste desire.
"Song I" by Mikolaj Sep Szarzynski
It was something to him when in prison he lay
The victim of drink, life ebbing away;
And thought of his wretched child and wife,
And the mournful wreck of his wasted life.
"Nothing and Something" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Rebuild its walls, and ev'ry breach repair —
Watch at each gate, and make each inlet fast —
Strengthen its turrets, ev'ry passage bar —
Permit no enemy to lay it waste.
"A Prayer For The Church" by Rees Prichard
On a sick bed I lay, through the flesh my bones started,
My grief-wasted frame to a skeleton fell;
My physicians foreboding took leave and departed,
And they wished me dead now, who wishëd me well.
"My Birthday" by Charles Lamb
And I dreamt that I looked out, to the waste waters turning,
And saw the flakes of scarlet from wave to wave tossed on;
And the scarlet mix with azure, where a heap of gold lay burning
On the clear remote sea reaches; for the sun was gone.
"Requiescat In Pace" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Avenged Sevenfold has unleashed their latest track to tickle the brains of gamers as they lay waste to their foes in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
The 16-year-old pop sensation with the cut to perfection hair is now laying waste to Australia.
In Egypt, too, protestors are laying waste to the mistaken notion that Arabs and Muslims are politically passive.
Bryce Harper's switch to contact lenses has him laying waste to South Atlantic League pitching.
Avenged Sevenfold has unleashed their latest track to tickle the brains of gamers as they lay waste to their foes in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
The Bengals, who replaced all 11 players from last season's state Final Four team, were being touted as one of the hottest Div II teams in Ohio after laying waste to their first three tourney foes.
It's the culmination of a scene in which a juiced-up Christ lays waste to a Dr Seuss-inspired "Scauses" factory, to the delight of South Park 's assembled residents.
Lots of people rail against the inconvenience that lays waste to long determined cherished plans.
Whether it's a money-sucking waste of time or a necessary vehicle to lay the groundwork for space exploration is a debate that will continue until the US gets out of the space shuttle business five flights from now.
A powerful storm system lashed the Midwest early Wednesday, roughing up the country music resort city of Branson and laying waste to a small town in Kansas.
Use all your well-learned politesse, Or I'll lay your soul to waste.
For many Americans, the introduction to Islam came on a bright September morning in 2001, when in two horrific hours 19 suicidal terrorists invoked the ancient faith in laying waste to the World Trade Center and taking 2,749 lives.
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