- a slaughterhouse.
- any place of carnage.
- any scene of destruction: to turn cities into shambles.
- any scene, place, or thing in disorder: Her desk is a shambles.
Origin of shamble1
Definition for shambles (2 of 2)
verb (used without object), sham·bled, sham·bling.
Origin of shamble2
Examples from the Web for shambles
And as a guarantee of a Third World economy in shambles, Scotland is oil-rich.Up to a Point: A Free Scotland Would Be a Hilarious Disaster|P. J. O’Rourke|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The unity government that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas established with Hamas is now in shambles.There Is No Moral Equivalent to the Murder of Three Israeli Teenagers|Thane Rosenbaum|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But even the most ardent supporters of negotiations with the Taliban recognize that the so-called peace process is in shambles.
Brilliant as he is in the courtroom, his self-destructive personality leaves his personal life in shambles.Fall-Winter TV Preview: Snap Judgments of 2013–14’s New Shows|Jace Lacob, Kevin Fallon|July 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The fatherland is a shambles, Bolivarian socialism has failed, and Comandante Chávez is dead.
Here, then, we have the construction of the Abyss and the shambles.The People of the Abyss|Jack London
The freemen of the North are responsible for it equally with the traffickers in flesh who haunt the shambles of the South.Charles Sumner; His Complete Works, Volume III (of 20)|Charles Sumner
The spot in the grass which they had just escaped from was a shambles.In the Morning of Time|Charles G. D. Roberts
The place was becoming a shambles where the blood of attackers and attacked mingled horribly in the gloom.Darkness and Dawn|George Allan England
The anticipation of that first blow dragged her as the butcher drags his sheep to the shambles.Sally Bishop|E. Temple Thurston