tatters


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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.

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.
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

tatters

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

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

tatters

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

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.
References in classic literature ?
I wonder that I did not have him beaten; but there was something about him that spoke of other things than rags and tatters.
HE scrambled out on the first bank he came to, and he hopped home across the meadow with his macintosh all in tatters.
Look at her tatters and rags--the badge of those who lose their virtue.
They could not bear that their dear Leon should love a poor girl without shoes to her feet and dressed all in rags and tatters.
Poor Lazarus there, chattering his teeth against the curbstone for his pillow, and shaking off his tatters with his shiverings, he might plug up both ears with rags, and put a corn-cob into his mouth, and yet that would not keep out the tempestuous Euroclydon.
She cannot flee, Since her few tatters scarce suffice to clothe Her shrunken limbs.
After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters - worst in History
Shadow Minister for Early Years Tulip Sidiq said: "Their election promise lies in tatters.
Circuit of Wales project in tatters after Welsh Government confirms it cannot provide a guarantee for PS357m SO an opportunity for jobs in an area where they are needed is left in tatters
Meanwhile, Jimmi and Heather's new relationship is in tatters when he discovers she's betrayed him.
Americans have set a course for confrontation," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters after the US president said sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine had left the Russian economy in tatters.
ELGIN chairman Graham Tatters admits he hopes to have a new manager in place before Tuesday's visit of League Two leaders Arbroath.