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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!
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wrack and ruin

Cliché complete destruction or ruin. They went back after the fire and saw the wrack and ruin that used to be their house. Drinking brought him nothing but wrack and ruin.
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rack and ruin, go to

Also, go to wrack and ruin. Become decayed, decline or fall apart, as in After the founder's death the business went to rack and ruin. These expressions are emphatic redundancies, since rack and wrack (which are actually variants of the same word) mean "destruction" or "ruin." [Mid-1500s]
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wrack

see under rack.

wrack (one's) brains

/brain
To try hard to remember or think of something.
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As the periods between sampling were not of equal duration, the accumulated wrack was divided by the number of days in each period in order to reveal seasonality in the wrack accumulation (see Fig.
A very strong linear correlation between the biomasses of these taxa in the wrack ([R.
Relatively large amounts of wrack were sporadically recorded in summer.
As the amounts of wrack collected on Kassari Bay shores have decreased during the last 15 years and have been negligible since 2001 (by EstAgar data) it is commercially advisable to harvest storm casts from the shores of the area in addition to traditional harvesting of red algal stocks.
The calculated annual losses via wrack deposition represent ~3% of the community standing stock in summer 2002 (Martin et al.
The wrack accumulations during the study period were strongly related to the inner-annual meteorological and hydrological conditions in the sea area (according to empirical models 1 and 2).
Wrack deposition on different beach types: spatial and temporal variation in the pattern of subsidy.