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ruin

noun
 
 
/ˈruːɪn/
[U] the loss of all your money, your business, or your reputation: Many workers are one health catastrophe away from financial ruin. the brink/edge/verge of ruin
be/lie in ruins a place, building, etc. that is in ruins has been extremely badly damaged: The showroom was in ruins after the flood. to have failed or got into an extremely bad state: The economy was in ruins after the war. He lied about the company's finances, and now his career is in ruins.
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