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Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?
In a very few minutes Mr. Swiveller was fast asleep, dreaming that he had married Nelly Trent and come into her property, and that his first act of power was to lay waste the market-garden of Mr. Cheggs and turn it into a brick-field. (Ch. Dickens, “The Old Curiosity Shop”)
The mining companies haven't spent a penny to make up for the way they've laid waste the country-side. (K. S. Prichard, "Golden Miles")
lay waste = devastate, ravage, desolate, overrun, lay bare
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