in ruins

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Definition of in ruins

: destroyed with some pieces or parts remaining The building was/lay in ruins. sometimes used figuratively After her death, the family was in ruins.

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“In ruins.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20ruins. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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