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shambles — as in:  the place is a shambles

Our plan is in shambles.
a condition of great disorder

In the past, shambles referenced a slaughterhouse (a building used to butcher animals) — as when Joseph Conrad wrote in The Secret Agent, "I told him that I dreamt of a world like shambles, where the weak would be taken in hand for utter extermination."

Very rarely, shambles is used as  a form of the verb shamble to indicate a type of awkward shuffling walk, as in "She shambles when she is nervous."
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