rack and ruin


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rack and ruin

Utter destruction or ruination; severe or total decay or degradation, as from disuse or lack of upkeep. "Rack" here is a variant spelling of "wrack," a now-archaic word meaning wreckage or destruction. Used especially in the phrase "go to rack and ruin." The rack and ruin of my grandfather's estate pains me greatly. If only we'd been able to afford for someone to look after it for all these years. The neighbor's property has really gone to rack and ruin lately. I'm thinking about filing a complaint with the neighborhood association!
See also: and, rack, ruin

wrack and ruin

Utter destruction or ruination; severe or total decay or degradation, as from disuse or lack of upkeep. ("Wrack," a now-archaic word meaning wreckage or destruction, is also often spelled "rack.") Used especially in the phrase "go to wrack and ruin." The wrack and ruin of my grandfather's estate pains me greatly. If only we'd been able to afford for someone to look after it for all these years. The neighbor's property has really gone to wrack and ruin lately. I'm thinking about filing a complaint with the neighborhood association!
See also: and, ruin, wrack

rack and ruin

Completely destroyed. “Rack” is a variant of “wrack,” meaning “wreck.” Accordingly, something (or someone) that has gone to rack and ruin is totally devastated.
See also: and, rack, ruin
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The Olympic Park is a fantastic place, but it can't be left to rack and ruin.
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Scottish MP Rhoda Grant said: "It is a beautiful building in a fantastic location which has been allowed to fall into rack and ruin.
I wonder what William Roscoe, founder of the first Liverpool botanical garden, would have to say of its rack and ruin if he were alive today.
Tourism Minister Martin Cullen must now do everything to support the tourist industry and ensure this crucial part of the economy is not left to rack and ruin.
This once fine building, once the home of Lindley mill owner John Sykes, has been allowed to go to rack and ruin since it was vacated by Kirklees staff four years ago.
The footbridge may have been allowed to fall into rack and ruin, but the principle of it was sound.
Ernie Vickers, group planning officer, said: "These proposals continue the existing use and as a historic building, officers are concerned it did not get left to go to rack and ruin.
One house in our road has been left empty for over two years, going to rack and ruin, a good house.
He told the city's planning committee: "Rather than let that building go to rack and ruin - and it already looks like a ruin - I would rather it was put to some good use.
and then we bung on a roof rack and ruin everything.