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in ruins meaning

  "in ruins" in a sentence
  • [American slang]
    in a state of destruction. (Typically: be ~; lay ~; leave something ~.)
      The enemy army left the cities they attacked in ruins.
      The crops laid in ruins after the f lood.

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  1. she sat, cool and unmoved, with her lifework falling in ruins about her.
  2. when young henry came out of the navy to join his grandfather's company, it was in ruins.
  3. was some damn newspaper, concerned only with printing a sensational one-day story, about to lay in ruins all his work and dreams?
  4. the whole city lay in ruins after the earthquake
  5. presumption begins in ignorance and ends in ruin

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