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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
the rot sets ina rapid succession of (usually unaccountable) failures begins.
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.
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.
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?
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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