become a shadow of (someone's or something's) old self(redirected from become a shadow of somebody's old self)
become a shadow of (someone's or something's) old self
To become weaker or inferior in comparison to how someone or something was previously, often due to negative circumstances. Battling such an aggressive disease for so long has caused Sharon to become a shadow of her old self. This town became a shadow of its old self after so many local businesses closed down.
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