lie in ruins

lie in ruins

To be completely devastated, destroyed, or wrecked. The town lay in ruins after the hurricane tore through it. My poor flowers are lying in ruins thanks to your damned dog! Nearly two centuries later, and the once thriving civilization now lies in ruins, its people totally wiped away.
See also: lie, ruin

lie in ruins

to exist in a state of ruin, such as a destroyed city, building, scheme, plan, etc. The entire city lay in ruins. My garden lay in ruins after the cows got in and trampled everything.
See also: lie, ruin