be a shadow of (someone's or something's) former self(redirected from be a shadow of one's former self)
be a shadow of (someone's or something's) former self
To be weaker or inferior in comparison to how someone or something was previously, often due to negative circumstances. After suffering from a prolonged illness, Sharon was a shadow of her former self. This town is a shadow of its former self after so many of its residents have moved away.