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Word: shambles

Definition: (place or scene of) complete disorder or ruin; wreck; mess; Ex. After the hurricane, the coast was a shambles.

Sentences Containing 'shambles'

Alcohol made a shambles of her career, appearance and personal life.
Criticism intensified after the November 2008 withdrawal by police of claims of evidence with the investigation being described variously as "farcical" and a "shambles".
First was the real-life serial killer Ed Gein, about whom Bloch later wrote a fictionalized account, "The Shambles of Ed Gein".
His estate was in shambles, and his sons were forced to sell.
However, in preparation for the city's development in the bomb's aftermath, it was decided that the building, alongside its neighbour "Sinclair's Oyster Bar", should be dismantled and rebuilt towards the cathedral to form Shambles Square.
Ian McDonald criticised the song as "an unpreposessing shambles of ersatz hysteria and jumbled double-tracking", saying it was "little better" than Williams' "drab twelve-bar boogie" original. "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" also appeared in a live solo version by Lennon on the Plastic Ono Band's "Live Peace in Toronto 1969".
In 2008, The Library of America selected Bloch's essay "The Shambles of Ed Gein" (1962) for inclusion in its two-century retrospective of American true crime.
In the 1970s the height of the building was raised by , and the whole structure was relocated into the Shambles to make space for development of the Arndale Centre; the Inn was reopened in 1981.
It is part of Shambles Square, which was created in 1999, and is in close proximity to Manchester Cathedral. It is a Grade II listed building.
Many of his plantations and ships were destroyed, and the international trade on which the majority of his income depended was in shambles.
Not only is Zhanpeng’s love life in the pits, his personal life is in shambles after a legal suit ruins him.
Repatriated refugees returned to Yugoslavia to find their homes in shambles.
Seeing his house in shambles, he takes his question mark cane off the wall and begins to savagely beat the already downed Boneblaster.
The Nottingham Exchange was erected between 1724 and 1726 replacing a shambles of buildings on the same site.
The oldest building of its kind in Manchester, it was built in 1552 next to the market square on what is now Market Street, in what was known as the Shambles.
Today, the Keith property is in shambles, with kudzu covering what remains of the house and barns.
Waldo is "created" by Dr. Honeydew and Beaker during a demonstration of three-dimensional imagery in the 'Muppet-Labs', but proves uncontrollable and wreaks havoc throughout the remainder of the film, especially when the ending patriotic number by Sam the Eagle is reduced to shambles.
“We portrayed all along that her finances were in a shambles,” said Emmet Davitt, the prosecutor on the case.

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