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dee pop yuh layt

  • v  reduce in population
    The epidemic depopulated the countryside

  • Shakespeare used it in Coriolanus when he had the tribune Sicinius ask, "Where is this viper That would depopulate the city?" John Milton's History of England referred to .
  • If Professor Smyth's estimate was right, each pile has been producing, every day for more than a year, enough radioactive poisons to depopulate many "large areas.
  • In the current conflict, they've used similar tactics to depopulate much of eastern Kosovo in a bid to flush out the Kosovo Liberation Army.

  • Jim Donelon in All American Patriots (press release)
    I need a dirty dozen,Commissioner Donelon said to the group. "I need a dozen of you to come into Louisiana and write one percent of our homeowners and commercial property coverages, as 20 do already. That will allow us to depopulate the LA...
  • Robin Austin in Terrace Standard
    Austin said that if that trend was not reversed, "we're going to completely depopulate our rural areas."
  • Norm Coleman in Grand Forks Herald
    For those four farm families whose herds must be depopulated, the economic threat of this situation is imminent,Coleman said. "The longer these families must wait for funds to depopulate their herd and compensate them for their loss, the...

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