The broad coalition behind the overthrow of the Morsi government lies in tatters.
She was 26 years old and her life was in tatters, her future a black cloud.
Careers are ruined, countless lives destroyed (and, in some cases, lost), and reputations left in tatters.
But they may not have time with Putin challenging, Crimea invaded and an economy in tatters.
Meanwhile the economy is in tatters and the future looks damn bleak.
There are my bureau drawers—I can't keep them neat, and my clothes would be all in tatters if it were not for Edith and mamma.
The little old maid was remorselessly tearing it to tatters.
tatters ran up but received a kick, while Glendon dropped the gold-laden bags with a dull thud on the floor.
His garments hung in tatters; his boots were ripped and soleless.
And now I bethink me, those poachers' tatters sit very ill on your long carcass.
mid-14c., "clad in slashed garments," from Old Norse toturr "rag," cognate with Old English tættec, tætteca "rag, tatter," Low German tater "tatter." The noun is attested from c.1400.