demolish

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demolish(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to flatten)
a. demoler
Bulldozers were clearing away rubble from the buildings that had been demolished.Había topadoras que retiraban los escombros de los edificios demolidos.
b. derribar
Explosives were used to demolish the tower block.Se emplearon explosivos para derribar la torre de apartamentos.
c. echar abajo
It is a real shame that the mayor is planning to demolish the old school building.Es una verdadera pena que el intendente planee echar abajo el viejo edificio de la escuela.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to discredit)
a. demoler
Alice very easily demolished her brother's arguments.Alice demolió con mucha facilidad los argumentos de su hermano.
b. echar por tierra
David needs to do something before these rumors demolish his reputation.David tiene que hacer algo antes de que estos rumores echen por tierra su reputación.
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to defeat)
a. aplastar
We will soon demolish the other team in this hockey match.Pronto aplastaremos al otro equipo en este partido de hockey.
4.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to devour)
a. zamparse
It wasn't long before the children had demolished all the chocolate.Los niños no tardaron mucho en zamparse todo el chocolate.
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demolish
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (building)
a. demoler, derribar
2. (fig)
a. desbaratar (theory)
3. (opponent)
a. aplastar
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demolish [dɪˈmɒlɪʃ]
transitive verb
[+building] demoler; derribar; echar abajo; [+argument] echar por tierra; [+opposition] arrasar; [+cake] zamparse (informal);
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