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shamblesnoun [S]

uk   /ˈʃæm.bəlz/ us   /ˈʃæm.bəlz/ informal
a state of confusion, bad organization, 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 ever seen.
(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 basketball season was a shambles.
Shambles is also a messy or confused state: The candidate claimed that the economy was in (a) shambles.
(Definition of shambles from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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