She was 26 years old and her life was in tatters, her future a black cloud.
But they may not have time with Putin challenging, Crimea invaded and an economy in tatters.
A few years later, though, when my Jerusalemite husband and I moved temporarily to the U.S., Oslo was already in tatters.
He could not have foreseen that he would be inheriting an economy in tatters.
The broad coalition behind the overthrow of the Morsi government lies in tatters.
There are my bureau drawers—I can't keep them neat, and my clothes would be all in tatters if it were not for Edith and mamma.
I forgot all my tatters and stood on tiptoe in the stirrups to overpeer the fence-row.
tatters ran up but received a kick, while Glendon dropped the gold-laden bags with a dull thud on the floor.
The last fragment of self-respect, of bravado even, was in tatters.
And now I bethink me, those poachers' tatters sit very ill on your long carcass.
mid-14c., "clad in slashed garments," from Old Norse toturr "rag," cognate with Old English tættec, tætteca "rag, tatter," Low German tater "tatter." The noun is attested from c.1400.