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be rotten to the core

To be entirely bad, evil, or corrupt. The defense attorney refused to take the case when he realized the criminal was rotten to the core, unrepentantly boasting about his heinous crimes. That company is just rotten to the core—I wouldn't be surprised if all the employees were embezzling money!
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After all the upset he went through, the DWP office should be ashamed of itself - Ros Wynne Jones in her Heal Britain article in the Daily Mirror (21 June) says Universal Credit is rotten to the core. How very true - and she uses Stephen Smith as an example.
If true, you can understand the Cardiff City manager's frustration but it is irrelevant because the Premier League loan system is rotten to the core.
"This grand old football club, this institution that we hold so dear, is rotten to the core, we are disaffected and we are angry.
But surely if a system is rotten to the core we have to try to throw out the bad apples?
We are a club that is rotten to the core and will continue to be so in the foreseeable future.
The world, and in particular Britain, is rotten to the core. It has never been so bad.
THERE is a real sense in which the Common Agricultural Policy is the raison d'etre for the existence of the European Union and since the operation of the CAP is rotten to the core, it follows logically that so is the EU.
The whole situation is rotten to the core. Who sets these charlatans on the road to finish up as so many appear to have done, regardless of results?
That the MoD is rotten to the core, riddled with fools and knaves committed to lies, cover-up and duplicity in an effort to silence those who seek to expose their sordid little conspiracies against men who served their country with loyalty and bravery.
WE have long suspected that the National Health Service is in terminal decay but now we know for sure that it is rotten to the core.
If George is the kind of character who persuades one that not all humanity is rotten to the core, the nasty little boy who was trying to destroy an air vent at a local school at the weekend unfortunately tips the scales the other way.
"She is rotten to the core. She's vile, she's manipulative but she plays America's sweetheart, giving people closure." Deeley, 37, has had guest spots on TV shows, but not everyone knew she could act.
He added: "I can understand fully why abolitionists say it should go because it is rotten to the core. They are appealing to a very natural instinct in people.
For those who did not know already, the British establishment is rotten to the core, it is bred into them to lie and connive.
AL Pacino plays Tony, an American football coach who finally realises the game he loves is rotten to the core - ruined by ambition, greed and corruption.