degenerate into

degenerate into (something)

To get worse and enter an unpleasant state. Concerts always seem to degenerate into chaos once it's time to leave the venue. If you don't exercise regularly, your muscles will degenerate into mush.
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degenerate into something

to decay into something; to break down into something. The peace rally degenerated into a riot. I was afraid that the party would degenerate into a drinking contest.
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References in classic literature ?
Such a scheme, if practicable at all, would instantly degenerate into a military despotism; but it will be found in every light impracticable.
National Hurricane Center says Fred is expected to degenerate into a remnant low pressure area on Friday night or Saturday.
Madrid: Spain's interior minister warned in an interview published on Sunday there was a "real" risk that Catalan government's push for independence could degenerate into violence.
His soup cans and Jell-O could degenerate into the kids' favorite foods.
But he, too, readily allows the proceedings to degenerate into freak lighting, monster moves and what sounds like leftover lines Nicholson refused to speak in ``The Shining.
In a shot peening operation, the shot will break or degenerate into unacceptable shapes and sizes.
I find it hard to believe that Richter's work would degenerate into "a mindless display of forearm virtuosity" absent any single concept that might be used to address it, but I stand corrected on the misuse of the term, and thank my corrector.