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wreck

verb [T]  us   /rek/
to destroy or badly damage something: The explosion wrecked one house and shattered nearby windows. A prison record would wreck his chances of becoming a lawyer.

wreck

noun [C]  us   /rek/
a vehicle or ship that has been destroyed or badly damaged A wreck can also be something that is badly in need of repair: We bought this old wreck of a house and fixed it up. A person who is described as a wreck is in bad physical or mental condition: Coping with three kids and a mother in the hospital, she’s a nervous wreck.
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