a shadow of your former self

less healthy or happy than you were in previous times

After his illness, John was a mere shadow of his former self.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • (a) shadow of your former self — a shadow of (your) former self if you are a shadow of your former self, you are less strong or less powerful than you were in the past. He came back to work after 3 months, completely cured of the cancer but a shadow of his former self …   New idioms dictionary

  • (a) shadow of your former self — a shadow of your former self phrase less healthy or happy than you were in previous times After his illness, John was a mere shadow of his former self. Thesaurus: feeling and being unhealthy or illsynonym Main entry: shadow …   Useful english dictionary

  • (a) shadow of your former self — a shadow of (your/its) former self a smaller, weaker, or less important form of someone or something. With most of its best players traded away, the team was reduced to a shadow of its former self …   New idioms dictionary

  • be a shadow of your former self — be a shadow/ghost/of your former self phrase to be much less healthy or successful, or to be in much worse condition than before He returned from the war a shadow of his former self. Thesaurus: to feel or be illsynonym Main entry: for …   Useful english dictionary

  • (be) a shadow of your former self — be a shadow/ghost of your former ˈself idiom to not have the strength, influence, etc. that you used to have • When his career ended, he became a shadow of his former self. Main entry: ↑formeridiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • (a) shadow of its former self — a shadow of (your/its) former self a smaller, weaker, or less important form of someone or something. With most of its best players traded away, the team was reduced to a shadow of its former self …   New idioms dictionary

  • be a ghost of your former self — be a shadow/ghost/of your former self phrase to be much less healthy or successful, or to be in much worse condition than before He returned from the war a shadow of his former self. Thesaurus: to feel or be illsynonym Main entry: for …   Useful english dictionary

  • (be) a ghost of your former self — be a shadow/ghost of your former ˈself idiom to not have the strength, influence, etc. that you used to have • When his career ended, he became a shadow of his former self. Main entry: ↑formeridiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • (a) shadow of former self — a shadow of (your) former self if you are a shadow of your former self, you are less strong or less powerful than you were in the past. He came back to work after 3 months, completely cured of the cancer but a shadow of his former self …   New idioms dictionary

  • (a) shadow of former self — a shadow of (your/its) former self a smaller, weaker, or less important form of someone or something. With most of its best players traded away, the team was reduced to a shadow of its former self …   New idioms dictionary

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