Definition of shambles in English:

shambles

Line breaks: sham¦bles
Pronunciation: /ˈʃamb(ə)lz
 
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noun

[treated as singular]
  • 2A butcher’s slaughterhouse (archaic except in place names): the shambles where the animals were slaughtered
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    • The butchers' shambles, where animals were slaughtered and sold on Sundays, abutted the courthouse.
    • Adjacent land was added to the market in the 1360s to bring butchers' stalls together into one spot as a shambles.

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