go to rack and ruin


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Related to go to rack and ruin: wrack and ruin

go to rack and ruin

 and go to wrack and ruin
to become ruined. (The words rack and wrack mean "wreckage" and are found only in this expression.) That lovely old house on the corner is going to go to rack and ruin. My lawn is going to wrack and ruin.
See also: and, rack, ruin

go to rack/wrack and ruin

  (old-fashioned)
if a building goes to rack and ruin, its condition becomes very bad because no one is taking care of it She's let that house go to rack and ruin since Clive died.
See also: and, rack, ruin
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A LEADING cleric has blasted Ireland for squandering its wealth while letting the health service go to rack and ruin.
Vandalised cemeteries and graveyards left to go to rack and ruin have become a growing concern for clergy and the public alike.
Ernie Vickers, group planning officer, said: "These proposals continue the existing use and as a historic building, officers are concerned it did not get left to go to rack and ruin.
Despite every effort being made to contact the owner, the premises are being left to go to rack and ruin.
He told the city's planning committee: "Rather than let that building go to rack and ruin - and it already looks like a ruin - I would rather it was put to some good use.
I feel strongly that if, as a homeowner, I had let my house go to rack and ruin the council would have taken action but no-one there appears to be interested.