a condition of great disorder
abattoir, butchery, shambles, slaughterhouse(noun)
a building where animals are butchered
a scene of great disorder or ruin
a great mess or clutter
This website is a shambles.
a scene of bloodshed, carnage or devastation
a butcher's shop
Origin: From scamul. A borrowing from scamellum, diminutive of scamnum.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sham′blz, n.pl. stalls on which butchers exposed their meat for sale, hence a flesh-market: a slaughter-house. [A.S. scamel (Ger. schämel), a stool—Low L. scamellum, for L. scabellum, dim. of scamnum, a bench.]
The numerical value of shambles in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of shambles in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The government is willing to work with government firms, but co-operation with private companies is a shambles.
Where I come from, life is not easy, my neighborhood has big problems, my house is all in a shambles, all in a shambles.
It's crazy if India thinks it can compete with China on something like chip manufacturing when our electronics industry is a shambles.
Tourism in Turkey is in shambles, it is one of the biggest industries, but now all the hotels are empty. And who would want to come to a country where it doesn't feel safe?
Whether they can survive is going to depend on platinum prices and on whether they can fix themselves for a new reality of lower margins, they have to hold discussions with the government and with the unions to try to save what was a national treasure which is now a shambles.
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- heilloses DurcheinanderGerman
- capharnaüm, fouillis, bordelFrench
- cosair chróIrish
- pusztulás, vágóhíd, zűrzavar, romhalmaz, rendetlenség, összevisszaság, mészárszékHungarian
- бойня, беспорядок, скотобо́йня, неразбериха, каварда́к, пу́таница, руина, барда́к, разрухаRussian
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