in ruins


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in ruins

Completely destroyed or wrecked; in a state of ruin. Wow, the hurricane really left this city in ruins. After so many years of neglect, the house is practically in ruins.
See also: ruin
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*in ruins

in a state of destruction. (*Typically: be ~; lay ~; leave something ~.) The enemy army left the cities they attacked in ruins. The crops laid in ruins after the flood.
See also: ruin
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

in ˈruins

badly damaged or destroyed: The city was in ruins at the end of the war.Their life was in ruins after the death of their only child.
See also: ruin
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