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Topic: CLOTHES AND FASHION

Date: 1400-1500
Origin: From a Scandinavian language

tatters

noun
     
tat‧ters [plural]
1

in tatters

a) if a plan or someone's reputation is in tatters, it is ruined:
Tonight, the peace agreement lies in tatters.
His credibility is in tatters after a series of defeats and failures.
b) DC clothes that are in tatters are old and torn
2DC clothing that is old and torn [= rags]
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