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
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New paint on the house, and new weatherboards, where the old had begun to rot off, and the agent had got after them
It usually happens when damp weather persists followed by dry, sunny spells causing the buds to rot off.
Seeds are likely not to germinate and cuttings can rot off in the usual misting conditions that most plants need to grow roots.
and if they didn't want their arms to rot off, they'd be wise
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.
Good examples are the cadre of fungi that cause seedlings to rot off at the soil's surface, called "damping off.
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.
MOST liberals would love nothing more than to see our industry rot off the face of the earth and they make no bones about it.
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.