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talk rot

1. To say foolish things; to talk of nonsense. Don't pay Jonathan any mind, Mary, he's just talking rot again.
2. To exaggerate one's achievements or knowledge of some subject; to bluff or boast. Dorothy keeps saying she can outrun anyone in our school, but she's talking rot if you ask me. It seemed like the candidate was talking rot for a while when the debate turned to the topic of tax policy and law.
See also: rot, talk

dry rot

A plant disease caused by fungi that thrives in humid, poorly-ventilated areas and causes wood to decay. The contractor thinks that dry rot has caused this part of the roof to cave in.
See also: dry, rot

stop the rot

To prevent further damage, loss, negative effects, etc., during a problematic situation. If we don't stop the rot now, the company might be in jeopardy of collapsing. We don't have time to figure out a long-term solution. For now, we just have to stop the rot.
See also: rot, stop

the rot sets in

The situation deteriorates. When you start charging everything to credit cards, that's when the rot sets in, and you've dug a hole too big to get out of. It's clear that the management isn't trying to retain this as a viable business. The rot has set in for sure.
See also: rot, set

rot out

1. To become decayed or decomposed and start disintegrating. Often used in passive constructions. You can see that the floorboards are starting to rot out, so we'll need to pull everything up and start from scratch. It wasn't until we were already on the water that I realized the hull of the ship had rotted out.
2. To cause something to decay or decompose and begin disintegrating as a result. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "rot" and "out." Damp has rotted out the wood beneath the staircase, meaning the whole thing could collapse at any second. You're going to rot Zoe's teeth out with the amount of sugary snacks you let her eat!
See also: out, rot

crotch rot

A fungal infection of the genital area, especially in males, that typically manifests as a rash. I think I need to go to the doctor—this crotch rot isn't getting any better.
See also: crotch, rot

link rot

The process by which Internet links on a website or search engine lead to a URL that is no longer available. A word of advice to any up-and-coming bloggers or Internet writers in general—don't litter your writing with links to external sources because link rot will inevitably set in.
See also: link, rot

rot away

1. To decompose and decay over time. I bought a bunch of fruit, but it just sat in the bowl rotting away for several weeks, until I finally just threw it all out. It's a shame to see such a grand old house go unused and rot away like that.
2. To fall off of or away from something as a result of decay or decomposition. The disease causes patients' flesh to rot away in large patches. The door completely rotted away from the frame.
See also: away, rot

rot away at (someone or something)

1. To affect someone or something with or cause someone or something to undergo decay or decomposition. The disease causes necrosis, gradually rotting away at the patient's flesh. The moisture has been rotting away at the walls of the house.
2. To afflict someone with some persistent, agonizing feeling or emotion. The guilt has been rotting away at me ever since I stole that money. It's the kind of guilt that can rot away at you for years.
3. To waste one's life at some location. I don't want to rot away at some retirement home when I'm older. Ever since he lost his job he's just been smoking weed and rotting away at home.
See also: away, rot

rot off

1. To fall off of or away from something as a result of decomposition or decay. The disease causes patients' flesh to rot off in large patches. The door completely rotted off of the frame.
2. To cause something to fall off of or away from something as a result of decomposition or decay. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "rot" and "off." An infection in the tree is rotting its branches off. The moisture has been rotting off entire sections of the wall.
See also: off, rot

rots of ruck

offensive slang An intentional mispronunciation of "lots of luck" based on the tendency of non-native English speakers from Southeast Asia, especially Japan and China, to conflate the sounds of the letter L and the letter R. My grandfather was always fond of wishing us "rots of ruck" whenever we left his house.
See also: of, rot, ruck

code rot

The tendency for computer software to become gradually worse in performance or responsiveness over time, eventually leading to it becoming completely faulty, unresponsive, or unusable. This is either due to software failing to remain up to date and compatible with the operating system in which it operates, or because the software's code has been updated or altered in ways that have introduced more bugs and errors over time. (It doesn't refer to actual physical decay.) If you want to develop programs that people continue to use for years to come, you've got to factor in ways to avoid code rot with each new update, the users will eventually move on to something that works better. A lot of people just let programs sit on their hard drives for years at a time without being updated or upgraded at all, and then are totally flabbergasted when code rot renders them totally unusable down the line.
See also: code, rot

software rot

The tendency for computer software to become gradually worse in performance or responsiveness over time, eventually leading to it becoming completely faulty, unresponsive, or unusable. This is either due to software failing to remain up to date and compatible with the operating system in which it operates, or because the software's code has been updated or altered in ways that have introduced more bugs and errors over time. (It doesn't refer to actual physical decay.) If you want to develop programs that people continue to use for years to come, you've got to factor in ways to avoid software rot with each new update, the users will eventually move on to something that works better. A lot of people just let programs sit on their hard drives for years at a time without being updated or upgraded at all, and then are totally flabbergasted when software rot renders them totally unusable down the line.
See also: rot, software

rot away

to decompose; to decompose and fall away. The fallen trees rotted away and surrendered their nutrients to the soil. As the wood rotted away, it became rich humus.
See also: away, rot

rot off

to decompose. If you don't clean and repaint that old windowsill, it will rot off. A few old branches finally rotted off, but the ancient tree looked as if it would survive the wet spell.
See also: off, rot

rot out

to decompose and fall out. If you don't clean your teeth regularly, they'll rot out! Some of the rafters in the shed rotted out, but we replaced them easily.
See also: out, rot

the rot sets in

a rapid succession of (usually unaccountable) failures begins.
See also: rot, set

the rot sets ˈin

a situation starts to get worse: The rot really set in when the team’s best player left the club last year.
See also: rot, set

stop the ˈrot

stop something getting worse, especially in politics or business: Our company’s profits were falling, so a new director was appointed to stop the rot.
See also: rot, stop

rot out

v.
1. To become completely hollow or ruined by decay or decomposition: If you don't see a dentist, your teeth will rot out. The abandoned building might collapse because its walls have rotted out.
2. To cause something to become completely hollow or ruined by decay or decomposition: The water from the leaky sink rotted out the floor boards. All that candy will rot your teeth out.
See also: out, rot

crotch-rot

n. a skin irritation or disease characterized by itching in the genital area, usually said of males. (see also grunge.) What will get rid of crotch-rot?

rot

n. nonsense. Don’t give me any more of your rot. Speak straight with me.

Rots of ruck!

(ˈrɑtsəˈrək)
exclam. Lots of luck! (Mocking a Japanese pronunciation.) Have a good trip, and rots of ruck!
See also: of, Rot

software rot

n. an imaginary disease that causes computer programs to go bad over a long period of time. (Computers.) What you have here is not a bug, but just plain old software rot.
See also: rot, software
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