become a shadow of (someone's or something's) former self

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become a shadow of (someone's or something's) former self

To become weaker or inferior in comparison to how someone or something was previously, often due to negative circumstances. Suffering from a prolonged illness caused Sharon to become a shadow of her former self. This town became a shadow of its former self after so many local businesses closed down.
See also: become, former, of, shadow
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