From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishashesashes[plural]a)the ash that remains when a dead person’s body is burned 🔊 His ashes were scattered at sea.b)a situation in which something is completely destroyed 🔊 The organization has risen from the ashes to become very successful. 🔊 All her hopes and dreams had turned to ashes. →ash
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turned to ashes• All turned to ashes because he had not trusted her, or the love she had given him.• All relationshipsturned to ashes sooner or later.• His strength was turned to ashes.Ashes, thethe AshesAsh·es, the /ˈæʃɪz/ 🔊 🔊 the name given to the competition between the English and Australiancricketteams 🔊 Australia have retained the Ashes for the third year running.