To go to rack

to perish; to be destroyed.
- Pepys.

See also: Rack

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I worry that the college plan will not work and that the building will be left to go to rack and ruin just at the time when West Bromwich town centre is being regenerated with the massive Tesco development.
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'.
IT is scandalous that the Borough Theatre on Wallsend High Street, dark for many a long year, is being allowed to go to rack and ruin when it could be brought back to life as have many other old theatres around the country that continue to serve the public for a variety of tastes.
This once fine building, once the home of Lindley mill owner John Sykes, has been allowed to go to rack and ruin since it was vacated by Kirklees staff four years ago.
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.
Vandalised cemeteries and graveyards left to go to rack and ruin have become a growing concern for clergy and the public alike.
We also want to know about areas that have been left to go to rack and ruin.
He said: "Streets are strewn with litter, park areas are blighted with dog mess and discarded drug needles, and open spaces are just left to go to rack and ruin.