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a/the fish rots from the head down
proverb Trouble or failure in an organization can be traced back to its leader(s). The board has to get rid of the CEO for the good of the company. I mean, a fish obviously rots from the head down. A: "I just found out that my boss got caught embezzling." B: "Huh. I guess a fish rots from the head down." Of course the department is in total disarray—their new manager is completely incompetent, and a fish rots from the head down.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
rot in hell
To suffer the worst possible punishment (likened to spending eternity in hell after death). Usually used as an expression of one's intense anger toward someone. If he truly ripped off all of his elderly patients, then I hope he rots in hell. Deena passionately believes that her ex should rot in hell, but since there's two sides to every story, I'm not convinced he's pure evil.
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.
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!
rots of ruck
offensive slang An intentional mispronunciation of "lots of luck" based on the tendency of non-native English speakers from East 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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the rot sets ina rapid succession of (usually unaccountable) failures begins.
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the rot sets ˈina situation starts to get worse: The rot really set in when the team’s best player left the club last year.
stop the ˈrotstop something getting worse, especially in politics or business: Our company’s profits were falling, so a new director was appointed to stop the rot.
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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.
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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!
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.
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