From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbe (in) a shamblesbe (in) a shamblesinformala)if something is a shambles, it is very disorganized and there is a lot of confusion 🔊 The meeting was a shambles from start to finish. 🔊 The economy is in a complete shambles.b)if a place is a shambles, it is very untidy syn mess 🔊 My house is in an absolute shambles. →shambles
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be (in) a shambles• The apartmentwas in shambles and the kids in a frenzy.• But the room, the target of a 1968 arson, was in a shambles.• By October 1952, when we left Pusan, the corrupt Rhee government was in shambles.• It was a shambles last year.• Much around Lilly is in shambles.• The scrums, in particular, were a shambles, with Haslemere being driven off their own ball.• It is all out of order because the preliminariesare a shambles.• Instead, his side were a shambles again, a disgrace.