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    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    If they didn't, Ferguson would 'march his army over the mountains, hang their leaders, and lay waste to their country with fire and sword.

    to lay waste = to ravage, to destroy
    There are many ways to cut down on waste in the kitchen. Here are two of my favorite!


    cut down on = reduce, decrease

    All his efforts were wasted.

    waste = to use without a good purpose or result

    He was wasting away.

    waste away = lose strength by degree

    It’s wasteful to use so much fuel.

    wasteful = using or spending too much or unlikely

    There is too much waste in the house.

    waste = useless remains of something

    It’s waste of time and money to wait any longer.

    waste = loss, unprofitable use,

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    Default Re: waste

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    If they didn't, Ferguson would 'march his army over the mountains, hang their leaders, and lay waste to their country with fire and sword.

    to lay waste = to ravage, to destroy

    There are many ways to cut down on waste in the kitchen. Here are two of my favorite!

    cut down on = reduce, decrease

    All his efforts were wasted.

    waste = to use without a good purpose or result

    He was wasting away.

    waste away = lose strength by degrees. More like 'become very thin and weak, as if dying'.

    Itís wasteful to use so much fuel.

    wasteful = using or spending too much or unlikely pointlessly

    There is too much waste in the house.

    waste = useless remains of something Possibly. I think it's more likely to be: 'Use of things that do not need to be used.

    Itís waste of time and money to wait any longer.

    waste = loss, unprofitable use .
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