go to wrack and ruin(redirected from went to wrack and ruin)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to went to wrack and ruin: go to rack and ruin
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!
go to wrack and ruin
To fall into severe or total decay, degradation, or ruination, as from disuse or lack of upkeep. ("Wrack," a now-archaic word meaning wreckage or destruction, is also often spelled "rack.") It greatly pains me that my grandfather's estate has been left to go to wrack and ruin. If only we'd been able to afford for someone to look after it all these years. The neighbor's property has really gone to wrack and ruin lately. I'm thinking about filing a complaint with the neighborhood association!