rack and ruin


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rack and ruin

Completely destroyed. “Rack” is a variant of “wrack,” meaning “wreck.” Accordingly, something (or someone) that has gone to rack and ruin is totally devastated.
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Mick has had enough of Andy's lack of interest in the farm, which is going to rack and ruin, and hands in his notice.
IT is scandalous that the Borough Theatre on Wallsend High Street, dark for many a long year, is being allowed to go to rack and ruin when it could be brought back to life as have many other old theatres around the country that continue to serve the public for a variety of tastes.
It's a shame this park is going to rack and ruin and it's about time something was done.
The outlying areas of the city are going to rack and ruin.
He said: 'If the gardens go into liquidation it will be armageddon, as the garden will have to close so it won't be maintained but will go into rack and ruin and get sold off bit by bit.
Before you know it, everyone will start feeling the pinch, as inflation spreads like wildfire through the economy, bringing rack and ruin to a financial system that is already prostrate.
After all, he should be thankful that the George is at least being renovated and has an owner rather than being left to rack and ruin.
The Olympic Park is a fantastic place, but it can't be left to rack and ruin.
Now Mr Rae has said it is a disgrace that the birthplace of the huge historical icon has been left to fall to rack and ruin.
It is going to rack and ruin, but is this down to a lack of funds?
AN historic building on the site of an ancient bloody battle could fall into rack and ruin if plans to redevelop it are blocked.
DYNAMIC folk-rockers Rack and Ruin launch a packed weekend of home-grown music in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Scottish MP Rhoda Grant said: "It is a beautiful building in a fantastic location which has been allowed to fall into rack and ruin.
I wonder what William Roscoe, founder of the first Liverpool botanical garden, would have to say of its rack and ruin if he were alive today.
Tourism Minister Martin Cullen must now do everything to support the tourist industry and ensure this crucial part of the economy is not left to rack and ruin.