dressed to lay waste

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nile84

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Persian
Hi

Friends, I searched the meaning of "lay waste" and I know it means "to destroy."
But here it says the woman is dressed to lay waste; does it mean to "attract everybody's attention?"

Caleb showed up with Haya, somehow dressed to lay waste in a simple black cotton sheath dress and black flats, black hair swept back off the curve of her elegant neck in an updo...

(Since We Fell - Dennis Lehane)
 
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