go to seed

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go to seed

To look shabby, unhealthy, or unattractive due to a lack of care or attention. Wow, Tim's really started going to seed ever since he had kids. The house has gone to seed with those college kids living there.
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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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run to seed

1. If someone goes to seed or runs to seed, they allow themselves to become fat, unhealthy and unattractive as they get older. He was big and fleshy, like an athlete gone to seed. Once he had carried a lot of muscle but now he was running to seed.
2. If a place goes to seed or runs to seed, it becomes dirty and untidy because people stop taking care of it. The report painted a depressing picture of an America going to seed, its bridges and roads falling apart, its national parks neglected. When she died, the house went to seed. Note: When vegetables such as lettuce go to seed, they produce flowers and seeds, and are no longer fit to eat.
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go (or run) to seed

1 (of a plant) cease flowering as the seeds develop. 2 deteriorate in condition, strength, or efficiency.
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go/run to ˈseed

(informal) (of a person) become untidy or dirty because you no longer care about your appearance, etc: I was very surprised when I saw her. She has really run to seed in the last few months.This idiom refers to the fact that when the flower in a plant dies, seeds are produced.
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If left to go to seed, it will reach 5 feet or higher, with seed stalks waving all over the place.
The mayor has let this agency go to seed,'' Weiss said.
In following some of her guidelines for a green manure crop, I tilled an area I want for more garden beds and planted buckwheat there with the intention of plowing it under too enrich the bed for next spring's crop, but she has some recipes for buckwheat cakes and breads that looked like I might enjoy, so I am seriously thinking of letting it go to seed and harvest the buckwheat.
Before you let them go to seed, encourage a second bloom on plants like calendula, coreopsis, and gloriosa daisy by dead-heading.
We had to clear a garden for a neighbour who died recently and it has reminded me to tell you not to let your herbs (or herbaceous plants for that matter) go to seed, unless you want them to.
Keep pulling those weeds before they have a chance to go to seed.
Q: I have allowed my lettuce to go to seed (small yellow flowers) and am now enjoying the 3 1/2-inch-high shoots (very milky), but I do not see anything resembling a seed.
Following our story about a historic cricket ground being left to go to seed, Cardiff and Lisvane cricket clubs told the Echo they wanted to use the St Mellons facility.
5 million will go to Seed Challenge schemes, where Shire Hall can match funds raised by schools themselves.