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shambles -- as in: the place is a shambles
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  • Our plan is in shambles.
  • The breakup left her in a shambles.
  • That’s guaranteed to turn that dance floor into a shambles.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • She found the buffet, and found it in shambles, a feast raided by animals or Vikings, and made her way to the nearest bar, which was out of Riesling and was now offering only some kind of vodka-and-energy drink concoction.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • It’s hard to see because the place is a shambles, but it looks like they were growing in rows.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Can a man not come back for an axe helve without finding his house a shambles?
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • The cabin was a shambles, the stools overturned, the shelf swept bare, the precious molasses keg upside down on the floor and empty.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Sign of the Beaver
  • Pale and bruised, lean to the point of infirmity, he shambles toward the bed.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • My shop was a shambles.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • The place had reduced me to such a shambles of absolute impotence that I found that I could not even indulge myself in my occasional autoerotic diversions, and was reduced to performing furtive pocket jobs during midnight strolls through Washington Square.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • She gets up and shambles away on swollen feet, old socks poking through the holes in her rubber boots, glancing back over her shoulder.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The city was in shambles.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • With most of her possessions gone and her beloved yard a shambles, she still took a lively and cordial interest in Jem’s and my affairs.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • O, ay; as summer flies are in the shambles, That quicken even with blowing.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • In her version, he is a man rightfully worried over the well-being of a deeply unhappy and self-destructive daughter who cannot help making shambles of her own life.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Even so, Aringarosa’s moment of glory was in shambles.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Her cottage is generally a shambles and smells of boiled cabbage.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • The kitchen was a shambles.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • His mind was a shambles.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The elephant also stands and then shambles around to present Marlena with her tail.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • But the room was a dreadful shambles.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • There was no doubt, it was a shambles.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • When about to be sent to the same market, an older sister went to the shambles, to plead with the wretch who owned them, for the love of God, to spare his victims.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • "-a total shambles," the dark-haired guy was saying as I slid in.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • I take it most of Earth’s a shambles, but the war goes on.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • A shambles ensued: people on both sides of the bridge hurried to try to help; the risk of fire was significant and a major alarm was sounded.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • It was not wide enough either to carry all the transport for an offensive and the Austrians could make a shambles out of it.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • A few of the boldest and wisest forsook the fires of the gods, which had now become a shambles, and fled into the forest, where, in the end, they starved to death or were eaten by wolves.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • When Jackie had borrowed the Dodge and started to drive back at 12:30, the town was a panicky shambles.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • The bloodboltered shambles in act five is a forecast of the concentration camp sung by Mr Swinburne.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • If the man who had but one little ewe lamb that was dear to him as a daughter, that ate of his bread and drank of his cup, and lay in his bosom, had by some mistake slaughtered it at the shambles, he would not have rued his bloody blunder more than I now rue mine.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The shambles this struggle became is most evident in the section on Pauline Breedlove, where I resorted to two voices, hers and the urging narrator’s, both of which are extremely unsatisfactory to me.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • The room was a shambles—furniture smashed into splinters, drawers opened and their contents scattered.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • He saw Brother Eugene still standing there in the midst of the shambles, tears actually running down his cheeks.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • By nightfall, they would be stopped outside the radioactive shambles of Jacksonville.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • She was fresh out of college with an accounting degree, and his finances were a shambles.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • If we start being arbitrary it’ll just be a shambles: at least, let us hope so.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • A stone post rose in the midst, to which the oxen had formerly been tied for baiting with dogs to make them tender before they were killed in the adjoining shambles.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The round-house was like a shambles; three were dead inside, another lay in his death agony across the threshold; and there were Alan and I victorious and unhurt.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • The retreat is a bloody shambles.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • It also made a shambles of the economy, among other ways by creating a bunch of new state-owned enterprises and with them new opportunities for cronyism and corruption.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Lying full-length upon the floor is his landlady, Mrs. Humphrey, in a shambles of broken crockery and ruined food.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • If past memories did stir up in him, Dr. Sasaki had come to be able to live with his one bitter regret: that in the shambles of the Red Cross Hospital in those first days after the bombing it had not been possible, beyond a certain point, to keep track of the identities of hose whose corpses were dragged out to the mass cremations, with the result that nameless souls might still, all these years later, be hovering there, unattended and dissatisfied.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • And when they got out, most of those who were sick didn’t get treated, mainly because Russia’s huge civilian tb control system was itself in shambles.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • He followed Gala Placidia along the arcaded corridor, passed by the window of the sewing room where Florentino Ariza had seen Fermina Daza for the first time, when the patio was still a shambles, climbed the new marble stairs to the second floor, and waited to be announced before going into the patient’s bedroom.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Jo, repeating, "Ony you tell the young lady as I never went fur to hurt her and wot the genlmn ses!" nods and shambles and shivers, and smears and blinks, and half laughs and half cries, a farewell to her, and takes his creeping way along after Allan Woodcourt, close to the houses on the opposite side of the street.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • When he came round again to The Slide he saw that the shambles at the corner had involved two cars only; the Thunderbird lay inverted fifty yards from the track and the Bentley stood with its rear end crushed and a great pool of petrol on the road.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • Cooking utensils of the simplest sort were lying near the fire, a few articles of clothing were to be seen in or around the huts, rifles, horns, and pouches leaned against the trees, or were suspended from the lower branches, and the carcasses of two or three deer were stretched to view on the same natural shambles.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • As to our City of Dublin, shambles may be appointed for this purpose, in the most convenient parts of it, and butchers we may be assured will not be wanting; although I rather recommend buying the children alive, and dressing them hot from the knife, as we do roasting pigs.
    Jonathan Swift  --  A Modest Proposal
  • Obviously the leadership was a shambles, and Bourne knew why.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
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