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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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That they were not responsible for their condition was a reasonable assumption inasmuch as their degenerate status was a "devolutionary" biological principle over which the individual had no control; thus, one was not held responsible for one's behavior even if disruptive of the social order.
Moreover, at a moment when criticism too frequently degenerates into false polemics around the opposition between easy-on-the-eyes and intellectually engaging, Grant delivers sculptures that are both flat-out gorgeous and in their place and time quite astute.
That the one cell that degenerates in the disease has dual signals is interesting," says Zoghbi.
Siekmann's exploration of Bakunin never degenerates into didactic directions or pseudotheoretical digressions; rather the artist uses his sketches to communicate his own notion of utopia and his thoughts about a viable anarchistic society - a society of participants.
As the cortex takes shape, the subplate gradually degenerates and receptor numbers dwindle.