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.

Examples of in ruins in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On March 26, early in the morning, the 984-foot container ship struck the bridge, which left it in ruins. Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 20 May 2024 Now in ruins, the structure lacked a roof and was overgrown with tropical plants. Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 12 May 2024 The Francis Scott Key Bridge lies in ruins in the waters of the Patapsco River after a container ship collided with the structure overnight. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 26 Mar. 2024 On March 26, early in the morning, a 984-foot container ship struck the bridge, which left it in ruins. Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 12 May 2024 After the defeat of Japan in the Second World War, when the country was in ruins, the new democratic government stepped up this transformation. Johann Hari, TIME, 9 May 2024 After finding Khan Younis largely in ruins and unsafe due to unexploded munitions and bombs, many soon return to Rafah. Aya Batrawy, NPR, 8 May 2024 In 2006, after Hezbollah fighters crossed the border, Israel and Hezbollah fought a vicious thirty-four-day war that left large parts of Lebanon in ruins. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2024 In the six months since Oct. 7, Israel has bombarded Gaza and conducted a devastating ground invasion that has left much of the territory in ruins and more than 33,000 Palestinians dead, according to Palestinian health officials. Becky Sullivan, NPR, 13 Apr. 2024

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“In ruins.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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