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in tatters

In a ruined condition. (Used literally or figuratively.) You can't wear this jacket to dinner—it's in tatters! The company was in tatters after the founding members resigned.
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in tatters

Fig. in torn pieces of cloth. The poor man's clothes hung in tatters. The flag was in tatters after the storm.
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We would argue it was already in tatters when the other business he ran, also called Exploring Britain Ltd, went bust in 1996 leaving debts of pounds 388,041.
At a time when baseball's reputation is in tatters, Palmeiro wowed crowds with on-field achievements, and claimed he played by the rules.
With his erstwhile conservative image in tatters, Hatch advised the Model UN delegates to beware of both conservative and liberal extremists, since "they're just as wrong on the far right as they are on the far left.
The third tower contains an assortment of Swiss national flags, some almost in tatters, gathered from buildings, back gardens and allotments around the country.
Seven years later, this plan, like many administration initiatives, rests in tatters even as the president declares it a success.
AIDAN O'BRIEN'S plan to run St Leger winner Milan in all the top middle-distance races around the world this year is in tatters after the colt was badly injured at The Curragh yesterday.