degenerate into (something)

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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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References in classic literature ?
Amongst many excellent constitutions this may show how well their government is framed, that although the people are admitted to a share in the administration, the form of it remains unaltered, without any popular insurrections, worth notice, on the one hand, or degenerating into a tyranny on the other.
What barely saves his project from degenerating into a love letter to the past is his un-Romantic subject matter, which is almost insignificant in its utter banality.
In a desert of neo-soul cliches, The Blue State effectively mixes politics, partying and real life without degenerating into vapidity or sloganeering.
Cortney Palomo were stalwart Standard Bearers; and the diplomats' squabbles had an appropriate satirical malice without degenerating into crude caricatures.
At a moment in which the interconnection of our struggle for justice with other civil rights struggles could not be clearer, we are degenerating into a movement that is playing politics with some core principles.
In earlier photographs, the backdrop was white surround, a metaphysical blankness, difficult to govern, often degenerating into vague grays without intentionality.