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in tatters

In a ruined condition. (Used literally or figuratively.) You can't wear this jacket to dinner—it's in tatters! The company was in tatters after the founding members resigned.
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in tatters

Fig. in torn pieces of cloth. The poor man's clothes hung in tatters. The flag was in tatters after the storm.
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His reputation as an honest businessman is in tatters Tim Atkins, Fraud Investigation Service
The coalition said in a joint statement that the Government's Heathrow policy "is in tatters this morning".
We would argue it was already in tatters when the other business he ran, also called Exploring Britain Ltd, went bust in 1996 leaving debts of pounds 388,041.
Summary: Washington DC [USA], Dec 3 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump, in a series of tweets, threw flak at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) saying "its reputation is in tatters" and vowing to bring it "back to greatness".
Washington DC [USA], Dec 3 ( ANI ): United States President Donald Trump, in a series of tweets, threw flak at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) saying "its reputation is in tatters" and vowing to bring it "back to greatness".
AIDAN O'BRIEN'S plan to run St Leger winner Milan in all the top middle-distance races around the world this year is in tatters after the colt was badly injured at The Curragh yesterday.
SINN Fein leader Gerry Adams yesterday warned the Northern Ireland peace deal was "in tatters".
"We have to ensure Sinn Fein is there to negotiate a better agreement than the one which is now in tatters."
SINN Fein chief Gerry Adams yesterday warned that the Northern Ireland peace deal was "in tatters".