in ruins

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*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

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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