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wreck

Meaning: a person who's in very poor condition physically or mentally

For example:

  • Having a seriously ill child has turned Maggie into a nervous wreck.

  • We watched a TV show on drug abuse last night, and some of the young people were total wrecks. They looked terrible and some had obviously damaged their brains with the drugs. It was really sad.

Quick Quiz:

A person will quickly turn into a physical and mental wreck if they
  1. play a lot of sport
  2. take a lot of illegal drugs
  3. learn a lot of English vocabulary

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