To go to rack
Rack Rack, n. [See {Wreck}.] A wreck; destruction. [Obs., except in a few phrases.] [1913 Webster]

{Rack and ruin}, destruction; utter ruin. [Colloq.]

{To go to rack}, to perish; to be destroyed. [Colloq.] ``All goes to rack.'' --Pepys. [1913 Webster]


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  • go to rack and ruin —    If something goes to rack and ruin, it deteriorates or falls into serious decline until it reaches a state of complete destruction.     When the factory closed down, the building was to left to go to rack and ruin …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • go to wrack and ruin — {v. phr.} To fall apart and be ruined; to become useless. * /The barn went to wrack and ruin after the farmer moved./ * /The car will soon go to wrack and ruin standing out in all kinds of weather./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • go to wrack and ruin — {v. phr.} To fall apart and be ruined; to become useless. * /The barn went to wrack and ruin after the farmer moved./ * /The car will soon go to wrack and ruin standing out in all kinds of weather./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • go to pot — verb become ruined His business went to pot when economy soured • Syn: ↑go to the dogs • Hypernyms: ↑deteriorate • Verb Frames: Something s * * * ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • go to rack and ruin — go to rack/wrack and ruin old fashioned if a building goes to rack and ruin, its condition becomes very bad because no one is taking care of it. She s let that house go to rack and ruin since Clive died …   New idioms dictionary

  • go to wrack and ruin — go to rack/wrack and ruin old fashioned if a building goes to rack and ruin, its condition becomes very bad because no one is taking care of it. She s let that house go to rack and ruin since Clive died …   New idioms dictionary

  • go to rack and ruin — 1) to become less successful The country s going to rack and ruin. 2) if a building goes to rack and ruin, the condition of it becomes bad Their tenants had let the property go to rack and ruin …   English dictionary

  • go to seed — run to seed in just two years, this hotel has really gone to seed Syn: deteriorate, degenerate, decline, decay, fall into decay, go to rack and ruin, go downhill, molder, rot; informal go to pot, go to the dogs, go down the toilet …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • go to pot — (Colloq.) Go to destruction, be destroyed, be ruined, go to the dogs, go by the board, go to rack and ruin …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • go to rack and ruin — reach a very bad state of repair The building has gone to rack and ruin since the new owners took over …   Idioms and examples

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