in shambles

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.
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RAWALPINDI -- The areas of the Cantonment Board are in shambles due to the negligence of the authorities to clean the mess up.
The sanitation and cleanliness system is also in shambles and the entire area is giving the look of a garbage dump.
The Scot said that the hotel was in shambles, adding that they were in a room with no light, the food was late and cold.
On 14th Avenue, UO senior Luke Ross had only been gone two days when a roommate returned to Eugene to find their apartment in shambles.
As of this writing, the infrastructure of the Palestinian Authority is in shambles, the future of the Authority's leader, Yasser Arafat is uncertain, and in a piece of symbolism strong enough to evoke tears, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Christ, is under siege.
One attempt to boost morale ended in shambles when Brannan was held responsible for a Full Monty-style staff night.