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Definition of tatters noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  • clothes or pieces of cloth that are badly torn
  • Idioms
    1. 1torn in many places His clothes were in tatters.
    2. 2ruined or badly damaged synonym in shreds Her reputation was in tatters. The state's attempt at fiscal reform lies in tatters.
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