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  • "Just the same, it's wonderful," Saxon mused, gazing at the big, half-ruined adobe structure.


  • And so, when we see a painting or some other work of art — the remnants, say, of some half-ruined memorial statue, in some empty square, at the edge of a red-light district in Brussels — we are seeing not the illegible signs of a lost culture.

    Things Mean Things

  • Industrial parks and marinas sit abandoned and half-ruined.

    Portugal's Unrepentant Debtor

  • “I try—” she began, and then looked the way he was looking; down under the hill where lay a little, half-ruined cabin.


  • Behind the swaying body, and down where the little, half-ruined cabin lay, a single flame flashed up amid the far-off shout and cry of the mob.


  • Beginning with "The Hunger Games" (2008) and "Catching Fire" (2009), Ms. Collins has told the story of teenagers in the half-ruined, authoritarian state of Panem who are forced to fight deadly gladiatorial games for the pleasure of TV viewers.

    Growing Up in the Future

  • Over his four collections he has evolved a style unsurpassed in its responsiveness to the scarred, half-ruined wilderness of the post-industrial northeast, with its rusted factories and mildewed suburbs superimposed on primeval forest.

    The Spot by David Means – review

  • It was a small temple of Tibetan Buddhism now in a bleak, half-ruined state.

    “The Wheel of Samsara,” a new short story by Han Song

  • That might help deal with the idea we otherwise seem to have of a military base functioning out of a half-ruined fort.

    Birdoswald Roman Fort: post-Roman activity on the site

  • Sun-scorched, half-ruined, the nadir in shabbiness, those stuccoed caverns were full of wrinkled oldsters who smelled awful and had bulging bags under their eyes and nicotine stains on their teeth and fingers.

    Learning to Die in Miami


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