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talk rot

1. To say foolish things; to talk of nonsense. Don't pay Jonathan any mind, Mary, he's just talking rot again.
2. To exaggerate one's achievements or knowledge of some subject; to bluff or boast. Dorothy keeps saying she can outrun anyone in our school, but she's talking rot if you ask me. It seemed like the candidate was talking rot for a while when the debate turned to the topic of tax policy and law.
See also: rot, talk

dry rot

A disease caused by fungi that thrives in humid, poorly-ventilated areas and causes wood to decay. The contractor thinks that dry rot has caused this part of the roof to cave in.
See also: dry, rot

stop the rot

To prevent further damage, loss, negative effects, etc., during a problematic situation. If we don't stop the rot now, the company might be in jeopardy of collapsing. We don't have time to figure out a long-term solution. For now, we just have to stop the rot.
See also: rot, stop

the rot sets in

The situation deteriorates. When you start charging everything to credit cards, that's when the rot sets in, and you've dug a hole too big to get out of. It's clear that the management isn't trying to retain this as a viable business. The rot has set in for sure.
See also: rot, set

rot away

to decompose; to decompose and fall away. The fallen trees rotted away and surrendered their nutrients to the soil. As the wood rotted away, it became rich humus.
See also: away, rot

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

rot out

to decompose and fall out. If you don't clean your teeth regularly, they'll rot out! Some of the rafters in the shed rotted out, but we replaced them easily.
See also: out, rot

the rot sets in

a rapid succession of (usually unaccountable) failures begins.
See also: rot, set

the rot sets ˈin

a situation starts to get worse: The rot really set in when the team’s best player left the club last year.
See also: rot, set

stop the ˈrot

stop something getting worse, especially in politics or business: Our company’s profits were falling, so a new director was appointed to stop the rot.
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rot out

v.
1. To become completely hollow or ruined by decay or decomposition: If you don't see a dentist, your teeth will rot out. The abandoned building might collapse because its walls have rotted out.
2. To cause something to become completely hollow or ruined by decay or decomposition: The water from the leaky sink rotted out the floor boards. All that candy will rot your teeth out.
See also: out, rot

crotch-rot

n. a skin irritation or disease characterized by itching in the genital area, usually said of males. (see also grunge.) What will get rid of crotch-rot?

rot

n. nonsense. Don’t give me any more of your rot. Speak straight with me.

Rots of ruck!

(ˈrɑtsəˈrək)
exclam. Lots of luck! (Mocking a Japanese pronunciation.) Have a good trip, and rots of ruck!
See also: of, Rot

software rot

n. an imaginary disease that causes computer programs to go bad over a long period of time. (Computers.) What you have here is not a bug, but just plain old software rot.
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It would be best to replace the rotted sills--replacement is always the best option for rotted wood.
In contrast to Verticillium early dying, Erwinia-induced early dying is always associated with rotted seed pieces, warm soil temperatures and high soil moisture.
The city put up a wooden fence between the Julians' home and the property, but the wooden fence rotted and recently collapsed.
You should find that most of what has gone into the compost heaps has rotted down with the exception of the very uppermost layers.
Once rotted down autumn leaves make a dark brown crumbly soil improver.
When the nettles have finally rotted down, strain off the liquid and dilute to about 3 parts to 1 with water before using.
Before I restored the 18 units with AZEK, the wood looked horrible and was completely rotted out.
The decay extends in a cone shape toward the apple core and the rotted area is firm and brown.
Earlier tree "surgeons" used chisels to try to remove the rotted wood, but were never successful, as the decay extends well beyond the hollow.
The birds tend not to bother recovering a perishable treat stored long enough to have rotted.
The beer pallets have rotted and there's nothing flashy about it, I can tell you that.
A lot of times," he says, "wood begins to rot from the center--it appears to be perfectly sound on the surface, but the core is rotted.
You can observe any large blisters, rotted surfaces, low or high spots, and you can feel soft spots and water blisters underfoot.