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wreck

noun [C]     /rek/
C2 a vehicle or ship that has been destroyed or badly damaged: Divers exploring the wreck managed to salvage some coins and jewellery. The burned-out wrecks of two police cars littered the road.Navigation and shipwrecks C2 informal someone who is in bad physical or mental condition: The stress she had been under at work reduced her to a nervous/quivering wreck.Not fit and healthyThin or slender (of people)Of unsound mindStupid and silly
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