1 = lay + waste to, flatten, sweep away, rip through, raze, annihilate, devastate.
Ex. The mutilation of periodicals is laying waste to vital and expensive periodical collections in all kinds of library across the USA, and it seems to strike academic libraries with particular virulence.
Ex. This article describes how the organisation has been flattened into one unit during the changeover from a manual system to an automated statewide library system.
Ex. Librarians should ensure that the principles they stand for are not swept away on a tide of technological jingoism.
Ex. Storms in this part of the world are common and the people didn't seem to bat an eyelid at the prospect of a 135km wind ripping through their town.
Ex. The motel, which was built in 1953, will be razed to make way for a parking lot.
Ex. He intends to annihilate all the major world powers, until Islamic nations dominate the planet.
Ex. The article 'Sorting a mountain of books' relates how when the law library was devastated by fire what had been a library became a jumble of 100,000 books and periodicals.
* arrasar completamente = raze + Nombre + to the ground.
* epidemia + arrasar = epidemic + rage.
* fuego + arrasar = fire + sweep through.

Spanish-English dictionary. 2013.

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