We'd heard theories ranging from stray artillery fire, to demolitions detonated far beneath the city streets.
Broh was blamed for the demolitions, despite the fact that the Ministry of Public Works also played a key role.
But in general he lamented the demolitions and destructions which accompanied the triumphal march of commerce.
After all the demolitions of Totila, the ruin was not irretrievable.
Weapons and demolitions require strength, carefulness and good sense rather than great dexterity.
A series of constructions and demolitions may conveniently be supposed for these.
The continued explosions of the demolitions resembled a bombardment.
Lantier and Poisson disputed day after day on these demolitions.
Over the whole island, after these demolitions, the drift stratum was deposited.
Was there not then an ancient church so called, until the demolitions of Protector Somerset in that quarter?
1540s, from Old French demolition (14c.) "demolition; defeat, rout," from Latin demolitionem (nominative demolitio), noun of action from past participle stem of demoliri (see demolish). Mencken noted demolition engineer for "house-wrecker" by 1936. Demolition derby is recorded from 1956, American English, defined by OED as "a contest in which old cars are battered into one another, the last one running being declared the winner."