go to seed


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go to seed

 
1. and run to seed Lit. [for a plant] to grow long enough to produce seed; [for a plant] to spend its energy going to seed. The lettuce went to seed and we couldn't eat it. Plants like that ought not to be allowed to go to seed.
2. and run to seed Fig. [for a lawn or a plant] to produce seeds because it has not had proper care. You've got to mow the grass. It's going to seed. Don't let the lawn go to seed. It looks so—seedy!
3. Fig. [for something] to decline in looks, status, or utility due to lack of care. (The same as run to seed.) This old coat is going to seed. Have to get a new one. The front of the house is going to seed. Let's get it painted.
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go to seed

to get into a much worse condition I almost didn't recognize John. He's really gone to seed since his wife left him.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of plants that go to seed (stop producing flowers and start producing seeds)
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go/run to seed

to stop taking care of your appearance so that you no longer look attractive I almost didn't recognize John. He's really gone to seed since his wife left him.
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At the end of the season, let some go to seed and you'll have volunteers next spring.
Left out in the cold - at least for a little while - is Jack's wife, Terry (the ever-impressive Laura Dern), who starts pulling all kinds of passive-aggressive (stuff), including drinking like a fish and letting the house and the kids go to seed.
Spinach is easy to grow if you plant it at the right time so it won't go to seed before it produces a mature crop of leaves.
Deadheading a rose bush means pruning off the spent blooms, so the rose bush doesn't think it needs to go to seed.
Also, remember that even a few beans allowed to go to seed can greatly reduce your total harvest.
If these spikes are left on the plant, they will eventually go to seed, much to the delight of the local bird population.
The previous owners - a couple of bootleggers - had pretty well let the property go to seed after the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the sale and manufacture of alcohol, was repealed in 1933, putting them out of business.
Eliminate garden weeds - this is the time when they go to seed.