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in (a) shambles

Completely destroyed or wrecked. Oh, the event preparations are in a shambles now that the caterer's quit. Many years of neglect have left the house in shambles.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

in (a) shambles

Fig. in a messy state; destroyed. After the earthquake, the town lay in shambles. The TV set was in a shambles after John tried to fix it.
See also: shambles
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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