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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.
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.
We have to ensure Sinn Fein is there to negotiate a better agreement than the one which is now in tatters.
We have to ensure Sinn Fein is there in a better position to negotiate a better agreement than the one now in tatters.