in tatters

Definition of in tatters

  1. :  clothes that are old and badly torn They were dressed in tatters. —often used figuratively After the war, the economy was in tatters. Her hopes lay in tatters.

Word by Word Definitions

tatterplay tatters
  1. :  to make ragged

    :  to become ragged

  1. :  a part torn and left hanging :  shred

    :  tattered clothing :  rags

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a brief usually trivial fact

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