rot away


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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.
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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
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The Class A substance is 10 times stronger than heroin and can cause large amounts of flesh to rot away with just one small injection.
Unearthing such fossils is rare because fragile remains quickly disintegrate and rot away. The discovery was reported in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Over time the felt and the wooden pegs that hold it in place will rot away having created a more hospitable environment for the heather to grow and prevent further erosion of the peat.
Each bag can take anything between 400 and 1,000 years to rot away.
Is there any way I can carve out the rot and somehow support the tree by putting concrete or another filler like I've seen, or am I better off leaving the trees to continue to rot away?
If untreated, decaying teeth will eventually rot away or fall out.
The other is to rot away and thereby give birth to new worms.
The mud walls of those buildings tended to melt and rot away without the waterproofing layer of clapboard.
The SMI Biobag is made from unbleached cotton, manufactured in a dedicated production facility and, when eventually disposed of, will rot away harmlessly.
"Older suburbs across the country are reinventing themselves as full-fledged cities and showing that they don't just rot away as new communities spring up," said Samuel Staley, project director of the study.
Harriers manager Jan Molby sees no reason to make changes tonight to the side that stopped the rot away from home with a creditable 1-1 draw at Hartlepool United last Saturday.
Others help dead things rot away and enrich the soil.
You can transplant into the soil and they rot away.
Llanbleddian Gardens could be pretty If people had respect for their adopted city And put rubbish out on collection day So I wouldn't have to see it rot away.
The situation is so dire farmers now say they are going to be forced to sit and watch their crops rot away.