Gradually deteriorate in condition because of neglect; fall into disrepair.
Rack from Old English wræc 'vengeance'; related to wreak
- It went to rack and ruin 200 years later, but has now been carefully restored.
- Over the last decade, it has gone to rack and ruin and is now a haunt for bikers and four-wheel-drive vehicles.
- At the time I was thinking I have to stop this self - indulgent idea of being a writer because my life is going to wrack and ruin and I can't afford it.
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