fall into decay


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fall into decay

to degenerate; to rot. The house was very old and had fallen into decay. The small town fell into decay, and people moved out.
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From 1536 it sent members to the English parliament and the town's fortifications were repaired in Henry VIII's time, but the castle was allowed to fall into decay and the garrison was reduced.
The lease was renewed in 1999 but to the dismay of the Freemen the area has since been abandoned and, contrary to the lease, fenced off and without access from the rest of the Highbury plots, thereby leaving some 40 or so more to fall into decay.
For years it was let fall into decay with paintwork peeling of the walls and the garden overgrowing - it was really a bit of an eyesore.
Much as we may like that, it ought to be said all the same that the house should never have been allowed to fall into decay like this.
Over the years, these families can lose all of their wealth by allowing their company to fall into decay and even bankruptcy.
Despite receiving no funding from the state, he and his family refused to let the 18th century castle fall into decay after it was badly damaged in a fire 10 years ago.
It has witnessed the nearby abbey rise from nothing, flourish as a community, decline, fall into decay and disrepair, then be rebuilt and restored.
The problem with such development patterns is that they tend to be alienating and unfriendly and major portions of the corridors fall into decay because there isn't enough commerce to support so much retail space.
Introducing herself as Celine, she was obviously familiar with the story of what happened at Booth's and lamented how the memorial has been allowed to fall into decay.
He was charged with re-invigorating one of Britain's great regions which had been allowed to fall into decay.
Wheelie bins will be left on pavements in everybody's way, making this green idea simply fall into decay.
Their business vision is to turn what was formerly a grand house of more than 100 rooms dating from the 19th century - but which in more recent years had started to fall into decay - into a top class hotel and conference and management training centre.
According to the report, "We are in serious danger of allowing the estate to fall into decay.
Often old farm buildings fall into decay through lack of use and care.
We have some stunning architecture in our town centre and it would be a shame to see it fall into decay and disrepair.