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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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We lost momentum and our confidence was shot to pieces," Betts said.
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In the aftermath of England's Melbourne Test humbling gloating Buchanan claimed Pietersen was not a team player, insinuating that was a key reason why England's camaraderie was shot to pieces.
This guy, he was a Mormon, a little skinny guy, he lost it, and he and another guy, who was older, they couldn't stand it, and they jump up to run back out of the woods, a lot of guys did that in Hurtgen Forest, you don't see the army history books talking about that, but the second they stand up they get shot to pieces.
JIM SMITH is clinging to the belief Southampton can take maximum points from their three remaining matches and stay in the Barclays Premiership - even after their morale was shot to pieces by a stunning first-half examination from local rivals Portsmouth.
A total of 0 means you are either a saint or your conscience is shot to pieces.
Injuries to key players, the loss of proven leaders and muddled selection have all been cited as reasons why Andy Robinson's side will limp into Dublin as massive underdogs whose confidence has been shot to pieces.
While all over the world men are being shot to pieces, the aluminum, textile, and rubber workers are quibbling about dollars, and Washington is still activated by politicians.
A group of look-alike marksmen, some being shot to pieces themselves, fire rifles directly outward.
Mogadishu looks like war-torn cities in Afghanistan, Angola, or Chechnya--nearly every big building has been shot to pieces or stripped of everything, sometimes even its roof.
Signs are stolen, defaced, run over, shot to pieces, and used as firewood.
12 but the American admits his confidence is shot to pieces after his recent health scare.
One minute he is never going to win another tournament, his knees have gone, he can't putt, is mentally shot to pieces, etc, then the next minute he is a certainty for the Masters, looks fit as a fiddle, has got his touch and aura back, etc.
The Premier League's best left-back in the making has by and large been a bit part player under Redknapp at Tottenham and when he has been picked, his confidence looks shot to pieces.
Southam's prospects were shot to pieces when Suleman arrived at the crease and took the bowling apart.