Barbora (barush) wrote in linguaphiles,

More Yes Minister

First of all, I'd like to thank everybody who commented on my previous post, you've all been tremendous help!

Today, I've run into another thing I'm not sure about (but I swear it's the last one).

I have a sentence: "Today, everything collapsed in ruins."
I found in a dictionary that "in ruins" is an idiom, which means "damaged." However, it seems to me that that idiom behaves more like an adjective. So my question is, does this sentence have anything to do with the idiom "to be in ruins"? Also, would "in ruins" be an adverbial in the sentence above, or did I get it completely wrong?
Thanks for any help!
Tags: english, idioms

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