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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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The nunnery flourished for more than a century, when, in the time of Penda, who was the reactionary of heathendom, it fell into decay. In the meantime the doves, protected by religious feeling, had increased mightily, and were known in all Catholic communities.
In both cases, the reason of discontent of the people of Kyrgyzstan was the usurpation of powers, family clan rule in the country, as a result, the people were impoverished, the country's economy fell into decay. However, after the revolution of 2010, when the Provisional Government headed by Roza Otunbayeva, who replaced the Bakiyev regime, transferred power to Almazbek Atambayev in 2011 after the general election of the president, Kyrgyzstan was able to see the first peaceful transfer of power.
During the Wars of the Roses, it was besieged and captured by Yorkist forces, but subsequently fell into decay.
But when the army of the Caliphate broke into the South Caucasus in 643, the Fire Temple fell into decay. In the 15-17th centuries the Indian fire worshipers, who came to the Absheron with trade caravans, began to make pilgrimage to Surakhani.
In 1539, with the dissolution of the monasteries, the See of Coventry and Lichfield was transferred to Lichfield and the former cathedral fell into decay.
Marschner makes a compelling case for Caroline's achievements as a patron, even though very few of her major initiatives survive (her St James's library fell into decay and was demolished in 1825).
But the bridge itself fell into decay, and the Earl moved the crossing a little further upsteam, next to what is now St Nicholas Park.
Summary: Writing in Al-Ahram of February 19, 1933, under the headline, 'The Italians in Egypt', the Italian historian Angelo San Marco said: "The Italians continued to reside in Egypt long after their native cities fell into decay and lost their status as maritime centres with the decline of the Mediterranean as a major thoroughfare for world trade." Indeed, the hundreds of Italian words that have been incorporated into Egyptian Arabic are perhaps the best testimony to the fact that of all the foreign communities residing in Egypt, Italians had so closely interacted with Egyptians.
The four-storey building, which has been part of the Merthyr skyline since 1911, fell into decay in the 1980s.
As a result, the political, social and legal order that had existed under the Romans ebbed away, and Libya's once-thriving cities fell into decay.
They date from 1844 - when they were built to house the garrison charged with defending the royal dockyard - but when plans in the 1980s to convert the site into an 80-bed hotel collapsed, they fell into decay.
Sudan's massive irrigated agricultural schemes fell into decay after decades of neglect and bad management.
But the system of publicly owned banks fell into decay in the 1980s, discredited by inefficiency and corruption.