ram|shack|le «RAM SHAK uhl», adjective.
1. loose and shaky; likely to come apart: »

The buildings on this farm are old and ramshackle.

SYNONYM(S): rickety, dilapidated.
2. weak; feeble: »

... the whole ramshackle structure of federal taxes (Theodore H. White).

3. decadent: »

He had also become an expert on the ramshackle politics of the Turkish empire (Punch).

[earlier ramshackled, variant of ransackled (ultimately frequentative) < ransack]

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