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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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Caption: Left: View of "Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art In Nazi Germany, 1937," 2014, Neue Galerie, New York.
The Fuhrer made the speech at an exhibition of "degenerate" art at the Haus der Kunst in Munich which featured many of Beckmann's pictures, among those of other expressionists.
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Detection of related positive strand RNA virus genomes by reverse transcription/polymerase chain reaction using degenerate primers for common replicase sequences.
The suspensory ligaments and tendons of the ossicles can degenerate as a result of chronic otitis media, and they can subsequently calcify and ossify.
Other topics that recur frequently in this collection include Irish resistance to English stereotypes, the anxious and ambiguous status of the Old English settlers, and the fear that the New English settlers might degenerate and become Irish.
Together Banting and Best tied off the pancreatic ducts in a number of dogs and waited seven weeks for the pancreas to degenerate. They then extracted a solution that quickly stopped the symptoms of diabetes.
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SCULPTURES buried by the Nazis in Berlin during the Second World War have been identified as "degenerate" artwork confiscated by Adolf Hitler.
The lessons from the Occupied Territories ought to also weigh heavily on Lebanese leaders, who have also shown a propensity to allow their power struggles to degenerate into violence that claims the lives of innocent victims.
It is noteworthy that Bourgeois has hardly left her New York City townhouse for a decade, a circumstance that compares on some small scale with what was known during the Nazi rule of Germany as "the inner migration," a reference to those "degenerate" artists who continued to make art in secret in their homes in spite of the proscription against it.
Without recombination between chromosomes, Y chromosomes tend to degenerate. The papaya researchers report that this plant's sex-determining region is starting to lose genes for nonsexual traits and to accumulate anomalous DNA.
His two equally witty audience-participation rituals, Process of Elimination and Dance Along with Mitch, massaged and tickled those gathered at Town Hall until New Yorkism--that degenerate piquant blend of pretension, malcontentment, edge, and appetite--bubbled and bled.