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"shambles" in British English

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shamblesnoun [S]

uk   us   /ˈʃæm.bl̩z/ informal
a ​state of ​confusion, ​badorganization, or ​untidiness, or something that is in this ​state: After the ​party, the ​house was a total/​complete shambles. Our ​economy is in a shambles. The way these ​files are ​arranged is the ​biggest shambles I've ​everseen.
(Definition of shambles from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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shamblesnoun [U]

 us   /ˈʃæm·bəlz/
a ​place or ​situation that is in a ​state of ​confusion or ​disorder: The ​morning after the ​party, the ​house was a ​complete shambles. The strike-shortened ​basketballseason was a shambles. Shambles is also a ​messy or ​confusedstate: The ​candidateclaimed that the ​economy was in (a) shambles.
(Definition of shambles from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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