go to ruin meaning, go to ruin definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( racks    plural & 3rd person present)   ( racking    present participle)   ( racked    past tense & past participle  )
The spelling wrack is also used, mainly for meanings 2 and 3, and mainly in old-fashioned or American English.     
1       n-count   A rack is a frame or shelf, usually with bars or hooks, that is used for holding things or for hanging things on.  
oft supp N  
My rucksack was too big for the luggage rack...     
    roof rack  
    toast rack  
2       verb   If someone is rackedby something such as illness or anxiety, it causes them great suffering or pain.  
usu passive  
His already infirm body was racked by high fever...      be V-ed by/with n  
...a teenager racked with guilt and anxiety.      V-ed  
3    If you rack your brains, you try very hard to think of something.  
rack one's brain/rack one's brains      phrase   V and N inflect  
She began to rack her brains to remember what had happened at the nursing home.     
4    If you say that someone is on the rack, you mean that they are suffering either physically or mentally.     (JOURNALISM)  
on the rack      phrase   usu PHR after v  
Only a year ago, he was on the rack with a heroin addiction that began when he was 13.     
5    If you say that a place is going to rack and ruin, you are emphasizing that it is slowly becoming less attractive or less pleasant because no-one is bothering to look after it.  
go to rack and ruin             phrase   V inflects     (emphasis)   
6    Off-the-rack clothes or goods are made in large numbers, rather than being made specially for a particular person.  
off the rack      phrase   PHR n, PHR after v  
...the same off-the-rack dress she's been wearing since the night before...     
in BRIT, use off-the-peg      rack up      phrasal verb   If a business racks up profits, losses, or sales, it makes a lot of them. If a sportsman, sportswoman, or team racks up wins, they win a lot of matches or races.  
no passive  
Lower rates mean that firms are more likely to rack up profits in the coming months...      V P n (not pron)  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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ruin, ruin, ruined, run

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
go to the extreme; do everything that could be done; exhaust all possibilities and resources
deteriorate very quickly
someone to whom everybody is turning when they need advice, help
a person you can go to for help, advice or information
go crazy about something, get enthusiastic
to be lost
he went missing my dog went missing for three days
to lose one's temper
very familiar
face a specific situation; act in a certain way
E.g.: John went out of rehab a few days ago and he is determined to not go down that road again.
go crazy; get angry; lose self-control
E.g.: I will lose it if we keep listening to this song.
go for something, take one's chances
go out in the street to protest
neighborhood considered dangerous, where it's not recommended to go, especially as an outsider
go fast, move very quickly
do not take into account, disregard, ignore on purpose, avoid, dismiss
E.g: His boss asked him for a report, but he gave it the go-by.
from the outset, from the beginning
let the time go by without doing something important, relax, waste time
E.g.: It was a quite evening: we sat around chatting and watching TV.
way of traveling in which you go from one apartment to another usually sleeping on a couch, and either at friends, acquaintances or through a web site
go away idiot, fool ; leave me alone idiot, fool ; fuck you idiot, fool ; fuck off idiot, fool.


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