demolish

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Attested since the 16th Century CE; from Middle French demoliss-, the stem of some conjugated forms of the verb demolir (to destroy”, “to tear down), from Latin dēmōlior (I tear down).

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demolish (third-person singular simple present demolishes, present participle demolishing, simple past and past participle demolished)

  1. To destroy; to destruct.
    They demolished the old house and put up four townhouses.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To utterly defeat.
    • 2011 October 2, Kevin Core, “Fulham 6 - 0 QPR”, BBC Sport:
      Andrew Johnson scored a hat-trick as Fulham demolished London rivals Queens Park Rangers to win their Premier League fixture of the season.

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References[edit]

  • demolish” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).