Definition of shambles in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃamb(ə)lz/

plural 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.
chaos, mess, muddle, confusion, disorder, disarray, disorganization, havoc, mare's nest
British informal dog's dinner, dog's breakfast, omnishambles, car crash
complete mess, pigsty;
North American  pigpen
informal disaster area
British informal tip
2A butcher’s slaughterhouse (archaic except in place names): the shambles where the animals were slaughtered
More example sentences
  • 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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Line breaks: sham¦bles

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