1 of a ship
discover, find, locate

Divers were sent down to try and locate the wreck.

raise, salvage

They're going to try and raise the wreck from the sea bed.

salvage sth from
in a/the wreck

They are worried about the oil still in the wreck.

on a/the wreck

Heavy seas prevented salvage teams from landing on the wreck.

wreck of

the wreck of the Titanic

2 of a car/plane
blazing, burning

Explosions ripped through the blazing wreck.

be trapped in

Two passengers are still trapped in the wreck.

escape, escape from
3 (esp. AmE) accident
car, train
like watching a car wreck, like watching a train wreck

His attempts at damage control are like watching a car wreck.

a train wreck waiting to happen (= is likely to be a disaster)

The campaign is a train wreck waiting to happen.

4 of a person
absolute, complete, total
emotional, nervous

The interview reduced him to a nervous wreck.

gibbering, quivering

I always turn into a gibbering wreck at interviews.

feel, look (both esp. BrE)

I hadn't slept for two days, and I felt a complete physical wreck.

reduce sb to (esp. BrE)
completely, totally

A bomb completely wrecked the building.

almost, nearly
effectively (esp. BrE)
try to, want to
threaten to

a crisis that threatens to wreck the peace talks

Wreck is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑vandal
Wreck is used with these nouns as the object: ↑car, ↑career, ↑economy, ↑friendship, ↑hope, ↑prospect

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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