- Houses in twos and threes pass by us, solitary farms, ruinous buildings, dye-works, tanneries, and the like, open country, avenues of leafless trees.
- Out of the open country, in again among ruinous buildings, solitary farms, dye-works, tanneries, and the like, cottages in twos and threes, avenues of leafless trees.
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- It was a ruinous war.
- He gave notes, took up ruinous obligations, dealt with usurers and all the race of lenders.
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Guy de Maupassant -- The Diamond Necklace