rot off

rot off

to decompose. If you don't clean and repaint that old windowsill, it will rot off. A few old branches finally rotted off, but the ancient tree looked as if it would survive the wet spell.
See also: off, rot
References in classic literature ?
New paint on the house, and new weatherboards, where the old had begun to rot off, and the agent had got after them
If you add manure to the soil too close to planting time, the bulbs may rot off in the ground.
SNAPDRAGONS I planted have come up patchy and some have started to rot off.
It's easy to blame a disease The petals on a courgette are particularly soft and easily damaged and, if they get too wet, the flower will rot off and then the rot spreads into the cour-gettfruit, leaving a brown and often slimy mess.
The people object to operations as a rule, and they would rather die or allow a limb to rot off, rather than suffer it to be amputated.
Why do fence posts usually rot off just below ground level?
Avoid tugging at cuttings to see if they've rooted as more are killed this way than rot off.
signs hanging until they rot off and fall into the gutters.
In the absence of television, watching someone's hands rot off was the best entertainment on offer in Kingswinford.
This way the plant gets more and you will also avoid wetting the flowers, which often rot off when damp.
It hardly lasts the season and suffers from all manner of diseases, leaving them bare at the base of the stems before they finally rot off.
After watering to settle the cuttings in, keep the compost just moist - overwatering can cause them to rot off.
I think the government will have to go with that decision and just abandon the area completely and allow the bodies to decay, allow the bodies to just rot off," said Mr Andrew Kumbako, the local MP.
The front teeth rot off and become black little stumps,'' said Martin Orro who usually doesn't see the children until they're toddlers.
The soil is heavy and cold and often damp enough to rot off the emerging leaf bud before it can break the surface.