rotten to the core


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rotten to the core

Thoroughly and totally 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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rotten to the core

Fig. really bad; corrupt. That lousy punk is rotten to the core. The entire administration is rotten to the core.
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rotten to the core

Thoroughly bad, as in It seems that this police unit is rotten to the core, involved in numerous extortion schemes . The noun core here denotes the central part or heart of anything or anyone. The idiom was first recorded in 1804.
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rotten to the core

mod. really bad. (see also rotten apple.) That lousy punk is rotten to the core.
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The previous Supreme Court saw Marcos as rotten to the core and deserved to be kicked out of the country in 1986 after his family's 20-year regime of plunder and pillage.
Coates on Friday described Russia's anti-doping and athletics authorities as "rotten to the core" but offered some hope that individual Russian athletes might compete at Rio if they could show sufficient evidence that they were clean.
"This grand old football club, this institution that we hold so dear, is rotten to the core, we are disaffected and we are angry.
The garbage crisis is the case in point that best illustrates how the whole system is rotten to the core. Beyond our government's inability to preemptively devise solutions to imminent perils, we watched as priorities were often confused and demands articulated...
Pretty much everyone on screen is completely rotten to the core, which makes it very entertaining.
The American dream is ultimately just a load of "loot, with blood on it", rotten to the core. A riveting production and an excellent start to the theatre year in Mold.
Descendants has also spawned a number one album in the US charts - with tracks including Rotten to the Core, Evil Like Me, and Set it Off.
Mr Farron welcomed Lord Sewel's decision to quit but said his downfall had wider implications for an undemocratic system which was "rotten to the core" and allowed peers to feel they were above the law.
We are a club that is rotten to the core and will continue to be so in the foreseeable future.
In between are the Big Apple cops, rotten to the core. Sharply etched dance of death on the streets of New York.
Briefly, in the order that they unfold for the sake of a cohesive plot, these are: Delhi is unsafe for women, cops are a ruthless and greedy lot, the political system is rotten to the core.
"She is rotten to the core. She's vile, she's manipulative but she plays America's sweetheart, giving people closure.''
Unfortunately, the motor's problems are from skin deep - it's rotten to the core. Seized brakes, rusting bolts, nuts and screws drive them round the bend, but the final straw comes when its complicated electrics system goes haywire and locks Mario inside.