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“shambles” in English

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shamblesnoun [ S ]

uk /ˈʃæm.bəlz/ us /ˈʃæm.bəlz/ informal

(Definition of “shambles” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“shambles” in American English

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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)