Definition of in ruins in English:

in ruins


  • In a state of complete disorder or disintegration.

    ‘the economy was in ruins’
    • ‘The 700-year-old Muslim fort was in ruins, but the promise was made that it would be repaired and restored.’
    • ‘A little girl's Christmas is in ruins after burglars broke into a house and stole her presents.’
    • ‘The owner locked the property in Coombe Road at 5pm on Saturday and returned at 9am on Sunday to find the salon in ruins.’
    • ‘All our hopes and ambitions, our life's work, were in ruins.’
    • ‘As of early June, the town was still in ruins, and no economy activity had resumed.’
    • ‘Plans to create a £23m showpiece military museum alongside a huge Army base in Yorkshire are in ruins.’
    • ‘While it was mostly in ruins, a tall tower that looked more like it belonged on a castle than an abbey rose imperiously over the grounds.’
    • ‘Built in the late 1400s, this Norman tower house was in ruins when Hurley started his labour of love.’
    • ‘Then she switches into attack mode, and plays destructive head games until the relationship lies in ruins.’
    • ‘A York academic and ‘pillar of the community’ was today starting a prison sentence with his career in ruins.’
    derelict, ruined, gone to rack and ruin, in disrepair, falling to pieces, falling apart, dilapidated, tumbledown, ramshackle, broken-down, decrepit, decaying, ruinous
    destroyed, ruined, in pieces, in ashes, falling down about one's ears
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