shot full of holes

shot full of holes

 and shot to ribbons; shot to hell; shot to pieces 
1. Fig. [of an argument that is] demolished or comprehensively destroyed. Come on, that theory was shot full of holes ages ago. Your argument is all shot to hell.
2. to be very intoxicated due to drink or drugs. Tipsy? Shot to ribbons, more like! Boy, I really felt shot full of holes. I'll never drink another drop.
3. totally ruined. (Use hell with caution.) My car is all shot to hell and can't be depended on. This rusty old knife is shot to hell. I need a sharper one.
See also: full, hole, of, shot
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The idea City were going to run away with the title was suddenly shot full of holes.
Department of Justice's lawsuit attacking the deal was shot full of holes.
If the high court decides yes, then state and local gun regulations across the nation could be shot full of holes.
For more than a year, the underpinning document of the red snapper stock assessment, known as SEDAR 15, has been shot full of holes by routine amateur analysis, by professional review, and importantly, by documented experience of countless anglers.
This from a woman who has had her character shot full of holes already by one of the highest judges in the land.
System shot full of holes, I joined my family in the shady bits on the grass next to the parade ring and ate a crepe smothered with fig jam.
It did not help Black's case that his historical work concerning the incorporation of the Bill of Rights against the states was shot full of holes in the academic press.
The big bull was nothing more than a rusty tin can shot full of holes the day before, when it was an Apache warrior bent on taking my scalp.
Their financial argument, claiming the saving of pounds 700million, was shot full of holes.
The midfield was bogged down and the defence shot full of holes that Spurs easily exploited.
Posted signs of no hunting and no trespassing resulted in the signs being shot full of holes, so I posted signs that said there were live traps set and it worked for me.
And I wasn't the kind of man to get shot full of holes over no woman.
Each basin is just shot full of holes," Alexander says.
The seller describes it as "being shot full of holes and blown up.