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fall into decay

To deteriorate or rot. We inject preservatives to keep the body from falling into decay. The church has really fallen into decay—it will take a lot of time and money to restore it.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: decay, fall
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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But even on this supposition the balanced civilization that was at last attained must have long since passed its zenith, and was now far fallen into decay. The too-perfect security of the Upper-worlders had led them to a slow movement of degeneration, to a general dwindling in size, strength, and intelligence.
The features of the surrounding picture were, a church with hoarding and scaffolding about it, which had been under suppositious repair so long that the means of repair looked a hundred years old, and had themselves fallen into decay; a quantity of washed linen, spread to dry in the sun; a number of houses at odds with one another and grotesquely out of the perpendicular, like rotten pre- Adamite cheeses cut into fantastic shapes and full of mites; and a feverish bewilderment of windows, with their lattice-blinds all hanging askew, and something draggled and dirty dangling out of most of them.
The city was desperate for some serious investment and many parts of the city had fallen into decay.
With the passage of time, the yellow-stone grand structure, situated on MA Jinnah Road, has fallen into decay and the unchecked encroachments in its premises have completely defaced it.
The former Black Bull in Market Place has been closed for some time and the building has fallen into decay.
They said the houses and other properties had been destroyed or either fallen into decay while there was no electricity, education and health facility available in these areas.
Despite numerous efforts to save the Grade II*-listed building over the past decade, it had fallen into decay with issues of damp and collapsed ceilings.
The local authority had already pulled down one block of flats on Helmsley Drive that had fallen into decay and disrepute there.
But since the boarding school closed and the farm stopped working, the site has fallen into decay.
The Lost Time How silently our lost time Slipped by and we did not know That it was to be the last chime Of our clock saying "time to go" Carried by winds which took me away From the things which mattered the most All the dreams which I had fallen into decay All my hopes turned to so many ghosts.
However, over the years they have fallen into decay, leaking and crumbling.
Now it seems that, instead of its being a Big Bang monument, the legendary Horn Antenna has become a demonstration of the laws of entropy and fallen into decay.
Urban Splash is a property company with a sterling record in taking on projects just like this, redeveloping and breathing imaginative new life into former great buildings that have fallen into decay.
He describes genes that are included in DNA but that are no longer used or have fallen into decay. The author also explains how, remarkably, evolution repeats itself so that many genes have changed in similar ways even though they existed in separate species.