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For a long time the question of demolishing the city walls has been debated.

Rose came flying in as he was demolishing a savory slice of venison.

He lost no time in demolishing the locker in the head which Mr. Lapham had fitted there.

They have been kept locked to prevent the crowd from demolishing the building.

On the two lower floors no work of demolishing the place was visible.

The next day the work of demolishing the boarding-house began.

This God is occupied only in building to destroy, in demolishing to rebuild.

They had torn down the fence surrounding it, and were demolishing the windows.

There he fell in with men who were interested in demolishing the old camp.

It was infinitely worse to be the cause of her demolishing it.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, from Middle French demoliss-, present participle stem of démolir "to destroy, tear down" (late 14c.), from Latin demoliri "tear down," from de- "down" (see de-) + moliri "build, construct," from moles (genitive molis) "massive structure" (see mole (n.3)). Related: Demolished; demolishing.

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