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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 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 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

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


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!

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
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Table 2 shows the different doses used for inhibition of bacterial species of Erwinia carotovora identified from rotting Irish potato in Musanze region.
RBGE's Sadie Barbour said: "The smell is said to be unbearable - a mixture of rotting flesh, rotting fish and very unpleasant socks.
Deputy Director for the Agriculture Directorate, Brijeshwar Dubey, said he had recently inspected a warehouse to check whether potato seeds were rotting, and why farmers were not ready to buy them.
But the figures of rotting foodgrain that he gave the Rajya Sabha was a clear indicator of drastic government inaction that allowed them to rot year after year, with hardly any increase in the required storage space to keep them fresh.
A LORRY driver who died after transporting piles of rotting seaweed was yesterday being examined to see if it poisoned him.
In the worst case the rotting carcasses of 220 lambs, sheep and goats were discovered at the end of February dumped in woodland near Llanybydder in north Carmarthenshire.
A spokeswoman for the Home Office admitted the problem of food rotting in fields could prove persuasive and that the committee will look into the issue.
Once all the leaves have been gathered, water them as this will speed up the rotting process.
Digging the potatoes from wet soil in cold weather makes them susceptible to rotting, as does overfeeding the soil with too much fertiliser.
John Roberts, prosecuting, told magistrates in Caernarfon officers found the bodies of two lambs, which died of starvation, rotting inside farm buildings at Pen yr Allt Uchaf on January 10.
Harmon is involved in a long-term study of rotting trees at the Andrews Experimental Forest, a 16,000-acre tract tucked inside the boundaries of the Willamette National Forest east of Blue River Lake and about 50 miles east of Eugene.
Slime molds grow on rotting organic matter, especially bark, and are not at all harmful.
You can also use fresh leaves to speed up the rotting process in the compost bin.
Using a chemical-free process invented in Finland, Superior Thermowood would heat-treat lumber at temperatures higher than that used in traditional kiln processes, making the wood durable and not prone to warping or rotting.