in tatters

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of in tatters

: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

tatter play tatters
  1. : to make ragged

  2. : to become ragged

  1. : a part torn and left hanging : shred

  2. : tattered clothing : rags


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