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tat·ter 1

 (tăt′ər)
n.
1. A torn and hanging piece of cloth; a shred.
2. tatters Torn and ragged clothing; rags.
tr. & intr.v. tat·tered, tat·ter·ing, tat·ters
To make or become ragged.

[Middle English tater, of Scandinavian origin.]

tat·ter 2

 (tăt′ər)
n.
One that makes tatting, especially as a livelihood.
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tatters

(ˈtætəz)
pl n
torn or ragged pieces, esp of material
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tatters

plural noun
1. rags, scraps, shreds, bits, pieces, fragments The walls are bare with a few tatters of wallpaper here and there.
in tatters
2. ragged, torn, ripped, tattered, in rags, in shreds His jersey was left in tatters.
3. in ruins, ruined, devastated, finished, destroyed, shattered, in disarray, dead in the water (informal) The economy was in tatters.
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Translations
خِرْقَةٌ من الثِّياب
cáryhadry
laser
tötrar, fataræflar
skutaisudriskęsvieni skutai
skrandas
zdrapy
yırtık pırtık elbise

tatters

[ˈtætəz] NPL (= rags) → andrajos mpl, harapos mpl; (= shreds) → jirones mpl
to be in tatters [clothes] → estar hecho jirones (fig) [reputation] → estar hecho trizas; [marriage] → andar muy mal
the coalition is in tattersla coalición anda muy mal
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tatters

[ˈtætərz] npl
to be in tatters [clothes] → être en lambeaux
to be in tatters [reputation, career] → être ruiné(e); [economy] → être en ruines
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tatters

plLumpen pl, → Fetzen pl; to be in tattersin Fetzen sein or hängen; his jacket hung in tatterssein Jackett war zerrissen or hing ihm in Fetzen vom Leib; his reputation/confidence was in tatterssein Ruf/Selbstbewusstsein war sehr angeschlagen or hatte sehr gelitten
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

tatters

[ˈtætəz] nplstracci mpl
in tatters → a brandelli, sbrindellato/a
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tatters

(ˈtӕtəz) noun plural
torn and ragged pieces. tatters of clothing.
ˈtattered adjective
ragged or torn. a tattered cloak/book.
in tatters
in a torn and ragged condition. His clothes were in tatters.
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References in classic literature ?
The crowd swayed back, the banners and flags wavered, disappeared an instant, then reappeared in tatters. The undulations of the human surge reached the steps, while all the heads floundered on the surface like a sea agitated by a squall.
A score and more of barefoot friars were there, and some that looked like tinkers, and some that seemed to be sturdy beggars and rustic hinds; and seated upon a mossy couch was one all clad in tattered scarlet, with a patch over one eye; and in his hand he held the golden arrow that was the prize of the great shooting match.
SIR, - Having been discredited over their Named Person bill, which five years down the line sits in tatters at Holyrood, it seems clear that the Scottish Government is on the verge of making another humungous mess, this time with their anti-smacking bill.
Summary: Ghazipur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Jun 4 (ANI): SP president Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said that the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh is in tatters, citing the killing of a party functionary here late last month.
Tim Atkins, assistant director at the Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said Whitehead's 'reputation as an honest businessman is in tatters.'.
Shadow Minister for Early Years Tulip Sidiq said: "Their election promise lies in tatters. Cuts in funding mean we have fewer places than in 2010 and it is going to get worse."