degenerate into

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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Such a scheme, if practicable at all, would instantly degenerate into a military despotism; but it will be found in every light impracticable.
A religious sect may degenerate into a political faction in a part of the Confederacy; but the variety of sects dispersed over the entire face of it must secure the national councils against any danger from that source.
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.
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.
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.
Thus, Rabinowitch's assemblages maintain an irresolvable, internal tension; they never degenerate into readymade geometrical patterns, as, for example, those of Carl Andre and Richard Serra did.