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(especially of a house or vehicle) in a state of severe disrepair:‘a ramshackle cottage’
tumbledown, dilapidated, derelict, ruinous, falling to pieces, decrepit, neglected, gone to rack and ruin, run down, crumbling, decaying, disintegrating, rickety, shaky, unsteady, broken down, unsound, unsafeshambly, geriatricshackyrumptyView synonyms
- ‘I was living in a ramshackle house that had been given an unenthusiastic upgrade.’
- ‘Deep gullies run between the ramshackle dirt houses carrying away sewage in the open.’
- ‘Just upstream, behind a clump of trees rose a ramshackle spire; standing in dignified disrepair.’
- ‘They are renting a remote, ramshackle house near the coast for the summer.’
- ‘The action of the play takes place in a remote ramshackle beach house built on sand dunes.’
- ‘The Blunt family home was a large, ramshackle house with an untended and brambly garden.’
- ‘When I was a small child, we lived in a ramshackle house with an old pressed tin roof.’
- ‘It is at his ramshackle house that the game takes place, with Nora filling the men's glasses from time to time.’
- ‘Instead of fleeing he walked right into the house next door and calmly walked into a ramshackle apartment he had hired there.’
- ‘Off to one side was a gray, derelict, ramshackle house that looked ready to fall down.’
- ‘Then a bit of back road took us past ramshackle sheds and the gilded gates of Cawton Cottage, which is huge and not a cottage.’
- ‘The soldier entered the ramshackle beach house, which lay apart from the main camp of tents.’
- ‘Wide expanses of countryside are uninhabited save for the occasional ramshackle farmhouse.’
- ‘Beyond the fence is an apparently ramshackle dwelling with a sagging roof and peeling white pigment on the sides.’
- ‘Most of the houses in the settlement still had ramshackle wooden or corrugated iron structures in their backyards.’
- ‘Here I was in this tiny ramshackle village, St Paul's, the complete antithesis of the metropolis.’
- ‘The Main was little more than a ramshackle row of sausage-sandwich delis with butchered animals in the window.’
- ‘I reached his ramshackle lean-to, promptly leaned against my usual beam and opened the folded papers.’
- ‘Lewis Blayse lives alone in a ramshackle house in the country.’
- ‘A makeshift wooden bridge is the only access to the ramshackle dwelling leading from the road.’
Early 19th century (originally dialect in the sense ‘irregular, disorderly’): alteration of earlier ramshackled, altered form of obsolete ransackled ‘ransacked’.
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