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  • a dilapidated old car
  • The home is dilapidated from decades of neglect.
  • After looking the town over with some care, the most suitable place that could be secured seemed to be a rather dilapidated shanty near the coloured Methodist church, together with the church itself as a sort of assembly-room.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery
  • There was a window on each side of the dilapidated entrance;
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist

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  • That maybe there really was something to this discussion that could end up benefiting the current residents of the dilapidated building.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • They crossed the street and headed down a narrower one that passed what looked like an empty lot on one side and an old, dilapidated building on the other.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Educational opportunities for black children in the 1950s were limited, but Walter’s mother got him to the dilapidated "colored school" for a couple of years when he was young.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • So when I finally came upon the doctor, when I finally saw the angular shape of his back and his wiry neck as he berated several soldiers for the dilapidated state of their quarters, it seemed I was summoning the picture of my plunging a long blade into his throat, terrorizing him not with pain so much as the fright of an instant, wholly unanticipated death.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • They approach what at first looks like a dilapidated group of buildings.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • We swerved into an industrial area of dilapidated warehouses, the smoking apparitions still closing in behind us.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo

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  • The only notable presence was a tall, dilapidated saguaro, a bundle of sticks, in worse shape than Archie’s Senor.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • He started off on his short legs toward the dilapidated old house.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • But is it really worth your time and money to hire a lawyer and go to court just to take some guy’s dilapidated pickup truck away?
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • We pass more fields and then a copse of birch tree skeletons, cross through a dilapidated covered bridge over a murky stream still sheeted with ice, turn down a bumpy dirt road bordered by pine trees.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Small, dilapidated cookie-cutter houses.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • ) From this get-together I had come back unhappily to the Pink Palace, expecting to find the same abandonment and ruination I remembered from that evening—certainly not anticipating the presence of Sophie, whom I discovered, miraculously, in the shambles of her room, stuffing her last odds and ends into a dilapidated suitcase.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The children looked from the well-scrubbed house of Justice Strauss to the dilapidated one next door.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Bad Beginning
  • Nine in the morning and they were standing on the street, in front of a dilapidated house.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • It was just the kind of shop my mother would have liked — packed tightly, a bit dilapidated, with stacks of old books on the floor.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Once, he rested in a clump of grass next to the dilapidated depot.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • The dilapidated buildings are gone, replaced by yellow fields and train tracks.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Turkey vultures, disturbed by the travelers’ arrival, circled the dilapidated bell tower.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • An odd, dilapidated wooden building near one of the corners of the square contrasted greatly with the gray stone.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • A fire was made up in the dilapidated brick stove.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • One block down and across the street, old Bobby Bingo sold vegetables out of his dilapidated truck.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • A vague pathway among the boulders led to the dilapidated opening which served as a door.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • It was a dilapidated housing project near St. Nicholas Avenue, with junkies and winos standing out front.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • The rooming house where Mallory lived was a dilapidated brownstone in an unlighted street that smelled of a fish market.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • First it was an old police station, then it was a dilapidated storefront sporting a yellow awning that read jade wolf Chinese cuisine.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • She’d seen Frau Diller leave (very satisfied) and Pfiffikus (white hair, a Nazi uniform, the same dilapidated shoes, and a triumphant whistle).
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • It was an old, dilapidated shack with a tar-paper roof.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Men wielding pickaxes swarmed the dilapidated Kabul Museum and smashed pre-Islamic statues to rubble-that is, those that hadn’t already been looted by the Mujahideen.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • There was a window on each side of the dilapidated entrance; and one story above; but no light was visible.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The world of today is a bare, hungry, dilapidated place compared with the world that existed before 1914, and still more so if compared with the imaginary future to which the people of that period looked forward.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I saw few or no dilapidated houses, with poverty-stricken inmates; no half-naked children and barefooted women, such as I had been accustomed to see in Hillsborough, Easton, St. Michael’s, and Baltimore.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • At Purfleet, on a byroad, I came across just such a place as seemed to be required, and where was displayed a dilapidated notice that the place was for sale.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Little by little, the crowds faded away until no one was left on the sidewalk as the area grew more dilapidated.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • Once again, she noticed the many empty houses, the blank windows, the dilapidated doors.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Any food that reaches us in Kinshasa has to come over impossible roads in dilapidated trucks from the interior, so it costs too much even if you can find it.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Tall, dilapidated houses looked down on them from every side.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Our nest was our first care: filled with leaves and broken and torn by the wind, it looked indeed dilapidated.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • TRYOUTS WERE TO be held on the field of the Clarkston Community Center, a dilapidated brick and cream-colored clapboard building on Indian Creek Drive that had once served as the old Clarkston High School before being abandoned by the county in 1982.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • There were no numbers on the dilapidated place, but the tattoo parlor beside it was just two numbers off.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • ’And perhaps the thing that struck me most was its dilapidated look.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • The sweat, the heat, the journey on foot, the dust, added I know not what sordid quality to this dilapidated whole.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Two Pakistani militia approached our dilapidated Land Cruiser, took a cursory glance inside, and waved us on.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • The first time Clary had ever seen the Institute, it had looked like a dilapidated church, its roof broken in, stained yellow police tape holding the door closed.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • His strange appearance made him an outcast among the other young runaways, and he was forced to live alone in the basement of a dilapidated factory, eating stolen fruit and raw fish from the dock.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The men wavered in indecision for a moment, and then with a long, wailful cry the dilapidated regiment surged forward and began its new journey.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • In the half-darkness he could see the sagging dilapidated porch and the shaky steps.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
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