Lots of things can be in shambles:
- Our apartment was a shambles after the kids left.
- The kitchen is in shambles, we’ve got to clean it up!
- The city is a shambles after a particularly strong bout of Mistral.
- The state of the economy was in shambles after the stock market crash.
This is an informal word, so don’t use it in an essay for school. However, it’s very handy if you want to vary your vocabulary in a conversation at work.
Can you think of any other examples? Leave them in the comments!