from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a falling state; dilapidated; decayed; ruinous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective colloq. Ready to fall; dilapidated; ruinous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective in deplorable condition


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