noun[treated as singular]
1 informal A state of total disorder: my career was in a shambles
More example sentences
- I think the border is in a shambles of smuggling, pollution, contagious diseases.
- I don't want to come home and find my half in a shambles.
- In 1853, Louisa Dalton Bird Cunningham was aboard a steamer on the Potomac sailing from Philadelphia to her plantation in South Carolina when she saw Mount Vernon in a shambles.
late Middle English (in the sense 'meat market'): plural of earlier shamble 'stool, stall', from Latin scamellum, diminutive of scamnum 'bench'.