To go to rack

to perish; to be destroyed.
- Pepys.

See also: Rack

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The two chapels have been left to go to rack and ruin for many years now, vandalised, no lead on roof, no slates etc.
"Are we going to leave this land to go to rack and ruin?" he said.
It shouldn't have been left to go to rack and ruin."
What is the point of bringing in an unbreakable rule for one hospital if the rest of the country is allowed to go to rack and ruin?
IF it is any consolation Russel Starr (Telegraph, May 1), Cannon Park isn't the only place afflicted by greedy landlords who buy up properties then allow them to go to rack and ruin because they won't spend time or money on the upkeep or supervise their tenants.
Cllr Clein told the meeting: "This property should have been taken back, it's not been looked after and I think they have allowed it to go to rack and ruin so they can turn round now and say 'Look at the same of this place, something needs doing'."
"Hockley has a strong tradition of quality urban music but it has been forgotten as the area has been left to go to rack and ruin.
We also want to know about areas that have been left to go to rack and ruin.
They also said: 'So many buildings in the town have been left to go to rack and ruin.
"The council have simply allowed the area to go to rack and ruin."
"Absent landlords will not be allowed to leave their premises to go to rack and ruin.