One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘his clothes were in tatters’
ragged, torn, ripped, frayed, split, tattered, in shreds, in bits, in pieces, worn down, worn out, worn to shreds, moth-eaten, falling to pieces, threadbare
2‘her marriage was in tatters’
ruined, in ruins, on the rocks, destroyed, finished, shattered, demolished, devastated, in disarray
informal kaput, done for, toast
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