demolish
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /dəˈmɒl.ɪʃ/
Verb

demolish (demolishes, present participle demolishing; past and past participle demolished)

  1. To destroy.
    They demolished the old mill and put up four townhouses.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To defeat or consume utterly (as a theory, belief or opponent).
    • 1992, Robert Rankin, The Antipope (page 68)
      The Captain folded his brow into a look of intense perplexity. 'You seem exceedingly spry for a man who demolished an entire bottle of brandy and better part of an ounce of shag in a single evening.'
      'And very nice too,' said the tramp. 'Now as to breakfast?'
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