go to rack and ruin

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of go to rack and ruin

: to become destroyed or ruined
  • The old house has gone to rack and ruin.

Word by Word Definitions

go play
  1. : to move on a course : proceed — compare stop

  2. : to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied : leave, depart

  3. : to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure

  1. : the act or manner of going

  2. : the height of fashion : rage

  3. : an often unexpected turn of affairs : occurrence

  1. : functioning properly : being in good and ready condition

  1. : a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board

rack play
  1. : a wind-driven mass of high often broken clouds

  1. : to fly or scud in high wind

  1. : a framework for holding fodder for livestock

  2. : an instrument of torture on which a body is stretched

  3. : a cause of anguish or pain

  1. : to torture on the rack

  2. : to cause to suffer torture, pain, anguish, or ruin

  3. : to stretch or strain violently

  1. : to draw off (wine) from the lees

  1. : to go at a rack

  1. : either of two gaits of a horse:

  2. : pace

  3. : a fast showy 4-beat gait similar to the pace but in which the feet of the same side do not touch down at the same time

  1. : the neck and spine of a forequarter of veal, pork, or especially mutton

  2. : the rib section of a lamb's forequarters used for chops or as a roast — see lamb illustration

  1. : destruction

ruin play
  1. : a falling down : collapse

  2. : physical, moral, economic, or social collapse

  3. : the state of being ruined

  1. : to reduce to ruins : devastate

  2. : to damage irreparably

  3. : bankrupt, impoverish


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