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wrecking ball

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishwrecking ballˈwrecking ˌball noun [countable]  a heavy metal ball attached to a chain or cable which is used to knock down buildings
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wrecking ballAlso facing the wrecking ball will be the former Loft Theater.Hong Kong, by contrast, had no history, no past, only a fealty to the wrecking ball.There's no Polo Grounds or Ebbets Field anymore, both having succumbed to the wrecking ball and what is called progress.
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