lay waste

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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LAY WASTE

There were no forests to lay waste here, nor marshes to be drained.

You may lay waste its fertile valleys and verdant hill-sides.

There are a thousand of them, and they can lay waste this island, if they get going.

I will lay waste this duchy of hers, though in the end the emperor crush me.

The Fabians roamed about in order to lay waste the enemys territory.

Could you lay waste this land, which gave you birth and nurtured you?

The land that Hrapp had owned all lay waste, as has been told before.

I'll do yet to these knights as I did before; I'll lay waste their lands, or ever I turn again.

The Master said, To tell unto the dust all that we hear upon the way is to lay waste the mind.

Passing by Tegea, Agis entered the district of Mantinea, and having pitched his camp began to lay waste the country.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "desolate regions," from Old French wast, from Latin vastum, neuter of vastus "waste" (see waste (v.)).

Replaced Old English westen, woesten "a desert, wilderness," from the Latin word. Meaning "useless expenditure" is recorded from c.1300; sense of "refuse matter" is attested from c.1400. Waste basket first recorded 1850. Waste-paper first recorded 1580s.

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