to go to ruin
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[+person, institution, building] ruine f
→ The revelations about his private life led to his ruin.
to crumble into ruin tomber en ruine
→ The villages are crumbling into ruin.
to go to ruin être ruiné (e)
→ She wasn't going to let her plans go to ruin.
(=bankruptcy) ruine f
→ Crow was heading for ruin.
→ Recent inflation has driven them to the brink of ruin.
→ financial ruin
(=ruined building) ruine f
→ It was very splendid once, but it is a ruin now.
[+crops, career, reputation, chances, relations] ruiner
→ It ruined their relations with the unions.
You are ruining your health. Tu te ruines la santé.
[+clothes, carpet] abîmer
→ The carpet was ruined in the flood.
You'll ruin your shoes. Tu vas abîmer tes chaussures.
[+surprise, holiday, trip] gâcher
It ruined our holiday. Ça a gâché nos vacances.
→ The contract would certainly have ruined him.
[+building] ruines fpl
→ Some of the houses were no more than ruins.
the ruins of the castle les ruines du château
in ruins (house, castle, city)
→ Bremen was in ruins.
[+empire] ruines fpl
→ the ruins of a great empire
to be in ruins
[empire, career, life, economy] être en ruine
→ Their once robust economy is now in ruins.
[marriage, dreams, hopes] être ruiné (e)
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