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Laying waste   /lˈeɪɪŋ weɪst/   Listen
Laying waste

noun
1.
Destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined.  Synonyms: ruin, ruination, ruining, wrecking.






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"Laying waste" Quotes from Famous Books



... great cruelty and rigour. This doughty Saxon, Sir Tarquin, had, along with many of his nation, been invited over in aid of the Britons against their neighbours the Picts and Scots. These being driven back, their false allies treacherously made war upon their friends, laying waste the country with fire and sword. Then arose that noble brotherhood, "The Knights of the Round Table," who, having sworn to avenge the wrongs of their country, began to harass the intruders, and to drive ...
— Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2) • John Roby

... knight with his followers was laying waste the country across the sea, and Arthur had gone to ...
— Stories of King Arthur's Knights - Told to the Children by Mary MacGregor • Mary MacGregor

... it was supposed that they had suffered. But when the particulars of his behaviour were related, the latter alternative was at once abandoned; and it was determined to force a dismissal of the captives, by advancing up the country, and laying waste every thing with fire and sword. The whole of the light brigade was accordingly carried on shore, and halted on the beach, whilst a messenger was sent forward to demand back the prisoners. Such, however, was the effect of ...
— The Campaigns of the British Army at Washington and New Orleans 1814-1815 • G. R. Gleig

... Schneider leaped up. Yes, and it was that money which had provided the cannon and shells that were now being used in laying waste East Prussia, the land of ...
— Jimmie Higgins • Upton Sinclair

... of anything else than his might and our danger. There falleth so continually before the eyes of our heart a fearful imagination of this terrible thing: his mighty strength and power, his high malice and hatred, and his incomparable cruelty, with robbing, spoiling, burning, and laying waste all the way that his army cometh; then, killing or carrying away the people thence, far from home, and there severing the couples and the kindred asunder, every one far from the other, some kept in thraldom and some kept in prison and some for a triumph tormented and killed in his presence; ...
— Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation - With Modifications To Obsolete Language By Monica Stevens • Thomas More



Words linked to "Laying waste" :   devastation, destruction



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