a shadow of (one's) old self

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a shadow of (one's) old self

Someone or something that has changed dramatically to become decreased in vivacity in some way, often following negative circumstances or some traumatic event. Tom's been nothing but a shadow of his old self since that accident, his bubbly, outgoing persona replaced by gloom and seriousness. The mass emigration of workers from the country during the recession has left it a mere shadow of its old self.
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Now, however, the industry is a mere shadow of its old self as various factors drove one cinema owner after the other out business.
The APC in the South-West has indeed become a shadow of its old self so much that the unfolding drama in Ogun State should give the handlers of the party at the national level serious concern.
Although LP is now just a shadow of its old self, the party continued to make its presence felt in the province with new members taking their oaths before Vice President Leni Robredo, LP chair, in Bacolod City on Thursday.
By the 1980s, under President Ronald Reagan, LSC became a shadow of its old self. Kaimowitz, "The Legal Services Corporation Has Forgotten Its Mission," 17 ABA Human Rights 41 (Summer 1990).
Welfare is causing a ruckus in the presidential campaign, but the program is a shadow of its old self in the 1970s, when Ronald Reagan used the image of "welfare queens" against government poverty programs promoted by liberals.
It is terrifying to see how budget- cutting in California is slowly reducing what was once one of the crown jewels of American education to a shadow of its old self. And I fear the cutting is just beginning.
In four days, one of Mumbai's prestigious landmarks perched atop Nariman Point had been reduced to a bullet- riddled, smoked- out shadow of its old self -- only the plants inside survived miraculously and they are the only living links with the grand old hotel.
My town, Stockton, is not even a shadow of its old self. Teesside was, at one time, going to have a venue which would attract the shows and exhibitions which we currently have to travel to Newcastle or Manchester to see, I truly hope the Globe theatre becomes a success but it may have limited usage.
By the 1840s it was a shadow of its old self and it made its last bow in 1855.
The pitch in the main bowl remains a shadow of its old self, which can not be used even for a primary school soccer competition.
Neither can the 'yellows' or politicians identified with the preceding administration be blamed for that failure because the latter's political party is already a shadow of its old self, most of its members having made a beeline to join the administration party.
The colorful fruit market-a popular tourist destination that had been featured in postcards-is but a shadow of its old self.