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in a bad condition
  • How to Memorize
    • ramshackle - shabby
  • Analysis

    Something, such as a building, that is considered to be ‘ramshackle’, is badly made or in such a poor condition that it seems as though it could break or fall down easily. The concept of something being carelessly or poorly constructed can also be stretched to describe something that is not physical, such as the plot of a book or movie.

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  • Example(s)
    1. Once the business took off, we could afford to move our offices out of the ramshackle, old building we were in originally.

    2. Despite her wealth, the author lives in a ramshackle country house that is in dire need of repair.

    3. I couldn’t watch that movie until the end. The ramshackle plot made it so confusing and entirely unbelievable.