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degenerate into (something)

To get worse and enter an unpleasant state. Concerts always seem to degenerate into chaos once it's time to leave the venue. If you don't exercise regularly, your muscles will degenerate into mush.
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degenerate into something

to decay into something; to break down into something. The peace rally degenerated into a riot. I was afraid that the party would degenerate into a drinking contest.
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All higher simplices are generated coskeletally The unique degenerate 1-simplex is again the monoidal unit I of C (regarded as a trivial semigroup), while for a 1-simplex (A,m) the degenerate 2-simplices [s.
Gilbert: Vegas is a wide open town, and you can get away with just about anything, It's made for degenerates like us.
I'm all for illustrating the degenerate lows to which America's teens have sunk, but I wouldn't want anybody to get their head bashed in.
If the molten metal is held for an extended period after Mg treatment and inoculation, both degenerate graphite and primary carbides can occur in the structure.
Because degenerates were unable to recognize their responsibility to prevent race suicide, the state had to intervene in order to accomplish what the degenerate could not; thus, forced sterilization was to be the moral responsibility of any humanitarian society.
Always Hoover saw his targets as moral degenerates who did not belong in his Sunday school class.
The center said that some weakening is expected by late Wednesday and the depression is forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure in two to three days.
They cover quantum degenerate gases, atom manipulation, precision measurements, optical frequency standards, quantum optics and quantum information, frequency comb, optical lattice and degenerate Fermi gases, cold molecules, hot topics, and novel applications.
This 325-page sci-fi adventure novel is the story of a small band of men and women on Genser's World, an earth-like planet of Alpha Centauri who encounter the degenerate descendants of another space-traveling species along with intelligent 'catbird' symbiots, two ancient cyborg intelligences, and a malevolent AI computer that will have to be destroyed before it can evolve into a form that will destroy everything our group of colonists have worked so hard to create.
Of course, even in "enlightened" Holland, many native citizens disapprove of a degenerate, post-Christian culture in which homosexuality, drug use, legalized prostitution, and euthanasia are common.
But he fled to the Netherlands the day after Hitler made a speech condemning the impressionist school as degenerate.
Discussing ductile iron, he said degenerate graphite is often the cause of defects.
Here he suggested that particular animals might use a part of the body steadily, or not use it, and that those parts might develop slightly or degenerate slightly as a result, and that such developed or degenerated parts could be inherited by their young, which, by use or disuse, would continue the process.
Global Carleman Estimates for Degenerate Parabolic Operators With Applications