ruin

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noun
1 spoiled state
ADJECTIVE
complete, utter
VERB + RUIN
fall into, go to

The house gradually fell into ruin.

PHRASES
be the ruin of sb/sth

Drinking has been the ruin of her.

go to rack and ruin (esp. BrE)

They've let the house go to rack and ruin.

2 end of success, hopes, etc.
ADJECTIVE
economic, financial
VERB + RUIN
face

The company faces ruin over the new road plans.

bring, lead to, mean, spell

The cost would have meant financial ruin for us.

save from
PHRASES
on the brink of ruin, on the verge of ruin
the road to ruin

He's on the road to political ruin.

3 damaged building, town, etc.
ADJECTIVE
ancient, old
charred, smoking, smouldering/smoldering

the charred ruins of their home

crumbling
castle, temple, etc.
VERB + RUIN
be in ruins, lie in ruins

The church now lies in ruins.

leave sth in ruins

The earthquake left the town in ruins.

PREPOSITION
ruins of

the ancient ruins of Jericho

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verb
ADVERB
completely, totally

The experience has completely ruined her life.

nearly
effectively
financially

The long legal battle ruined him financially.

VERB + RUIN
threaten to

A knee injury threatened to ruin her Olympic hopes.

be going to

All this mud is going to ruin my shoes.

Ruin is used with these nouns as the object: ↑appetite, ↑atmosphere, ↑career, ↑chance, ↑dress, ↑economy, ↑ending, ↑evening, ↑friendship, ↑fun, ↑health, ↑image, ↑life, ↑mood, ↑party, ↑plan, ↑prospect, ↑relationship, ↑reputation, ↑surprise, ↑vacation

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