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rot off

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.
See also: off, 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
References in classic literature ?
There is a great heap of dead men's bones lying all around, with the flesh still rotting off them.
This obviously avoids the rotting off problem and also if a panel is damaged you just slide it out and replace it rather than run the risk of it pulling the whole fence down.
If you have sandy or well-drained soils, wildflowers can be sown during the autumn, but if you have wetter, colder soils, you're better off sowing in the spring to avoid seed rotting off.
If you have sandy or well-drained soils, wildflowers can be sown during the autumn, but if you have wetter, colder soils, you''re better off sowing in the spring to avoid seed rotting off.
"People were finding the fruits were coming but it was very slow, and where it got really soggy, they were getting some of the fruits rotting off."
The anti-Cher campaigners have also doctored images of the wannabe pop star - with one showing her skin rotting off to reveal her skull.
Hold seedlings by the leaves to avoid bruising stems or growing tips otherwise they will be prone to rotting off.
a white pelican rotting off course, larger than life size.) I fell for
These cuttings are apt to rotting off, so provide them with just enough air humidity to remain turgid, as too much air moisture results in botrytis.
2 Cut back the flopping foliage of pond and marginal plants to stop it rotting off in the water, where it will cause a build-up of toxins.
If a damp spell suits the raspberries, we moan about the strawberries rotting off. If a sunny spell brings the roses into glorious bloom, we grumble that the lettuces are bolting.
72 with a radio collar good for two years of relocating its wearer before rotting off.
"We were fed up with posts only lasting five to 10 years and rotting off at the base," he says.
Q THIS year many varieties of my bedding plant seedlings are rotting off and dying.
You should also nip out the very soft growing tip to avoid it rotting off and to encourage a bushy plant from the start.