Definitions

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  • n. Complete destruction

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. destruction; utter ruin.

Etymologies

From wrack and ruin (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Tewett Hall had gone to rack and ruin for four years, and was now let almost for nothing.

    The Eustace Diamonds

  • The ceilidh was being held in a barnlike shack falling to rack and ruin down in the midst of the mangrove swamps festering about the mouth of the Dungloe River.

    The Thorn Birds

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