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rust out

1. To become thoroughly corroded by rust, especially as to cause something to be full of holes or no longer work correctly. I went to go put the pile of leaves and branches into the wheelbarrow, but the whole damn thing was rusted out! You see here? The engine block is totally rusted out, meaning we'll have the replace the whole thing.
2. To cause something to become thoroughly eaten through by rust. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "rust" and "out." Saltwater has rusted the hull out completely—the boat won't be seaworthy until you fix it. Because this part of the machine wasn't sealed correctly, moisture got in and rusted out the electronics.
See also: out, rust

rust up

1. To become thoroughly corroded by rust, especially as to cause something not to work or be able to move correctly. The nuts and bolts have all rusted up, so getting these brackets off is going to be a pain in the butt. You see here? The engine block is totally rusted up, meaning we'll have the replace the whole thing.
2. To cause something to become thoroughly corroded by rust. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "rust" and "up." You should have kept your bike in a shed or something, because the rain has rusted the chain up completely. The sea air in this town rusts up machines really badly, so we constantly have to have our things repaired or replaced.
See also: rust, up

rust away

1. To become increasingly covered in rust. Why don't we finally sell that old car? It's just been rusting away in the street for the last two years.
2. To dissolve or disintegrate due to corrosion. The access panel completely has rusted away, exposing the sensitive electronics inside to the elements.
See also: away, rust

the Rust Belt

A region of the northern United States characterized by a once-dominant industrial and manufacturing economy that has since declined. Unemployment rates are high across the country, but the Rust Belt continues to have the highest, as the manufacturing sector has been particularly slow to recover.
See also: belt, rust

rust bucket

Any vehicle that is particularly old, unsophisticated, and dilapidated, especially a car; a clunker. Hyphenated when used as a modifier before a noun. When are you going to get rid of that old rust bucket and buy something you'll actually enjoy driving? I had my reservations climbing aboard the rust-bucket prop plane, but I have to say, it got us there with no issues whatsoever.
See also: bucket, rust

It is better to wear out than to rust out.

Prov. It is better to work until you die than to be idle just because you are old. Nancy: Grandma, you shouldn't work so hard. You're not young anymore, you know. Grandmother: Thanks for your concern, dear, but I plan to keep working. It's better to wear out than to rust out. Bill: You really ought to relax. I'm afraid you'll kill yourself with too much work. Nancy: So what? It's better to wear out than to rust out.
See also: better, out, rust, wear

rust away

to dissolve away into rust. In a few years, this car will rust away if you don't take care of it. The bridge is rusting away, little by little.
See also: away, rust

rust belt

Fig. the industrial north of the United States. (Patterned on sun belt.) The economy in the rust belt is slowing down. The salt they put on the roads in the winter made my car all rusty. I guess that's why they call this area the rust belt.
See also: belt, rust

rust out

to develop holes or weak places owing to rust. Our hot water heater rusted out and flooded the basement.
See also: out, rust

rust up

v.
1. To become thoroughly corroded: The walls of the old ship had rusted up.
2. To become immobile or stuck due to corrosion: The bolts have rusted up; I can't remove them.
3. To cause something to be thoroughly corroded: Don't use these chemicals; they will rust up the tank. Exposure to salt rusted the fender up.
See also: rust, up

rust belt

n. the industrial north of the U.S. (Patterned on sun belt.) The salt they put on the roads in the winter made my car all rusty. I guess that’s why they call this area the rust belt.
See also: belt, rust

rust bucket

n. a naval destroyer; any ship. (Military.) Why don’t I ever get assigned to a new ship? It’s always some crummy rust bucket!
See also: bucket, rust
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Be sure to plug any barrels you blue so the rusting solution and the humidity will not enter the bores.
The characterization of current study indicates that among the tested genotypes, the advance lines that are V-11211, V-11212, V-11218, V-11227, V-11262, V-11288, V-11296, V-11304, V-11308, V-11319, V-11338, V-11353, V-11365 and V-11396 showed the combination of three designated slow rusting genes.
Hence, as per our findings, lines showing low frequency of disease severity with lower AUDPC values could be considered as slow rusting lines carrying durable rust resistance against Lr34, Lr46 and Sr2 virulences, which can be utilized in breeding programs.
Lr46: a gene conferring slow rusting resistance to leaf rust in wheat.
Achieving near-immunity to leaf rust and stripe rust in wheat by combining slow rusting resistance genes.
Because the durable resistance, like slow rusting and high- temperature adult plant resistance is polygenic (at least 2-3 controlling genes) as describe d elsewhere (Dehghani and Moghaddam, 2004), therefore, it remains successful for longer time, even if the pathogen under goes mutation.
Molecular genetic characterisation of the Lr34/Yr18 slow rusting resistance gene region in wheat.
STS Marker based tracking of slow rusting Lr34 gene in Indian wheat genotypes.
According to the results of researchers on cereal-rust pathosystems [21, 22, 23] there are positive correlation between different slow rusting parameters i.e.
The lines AM-89-8, AM-89-10, AM-89-14, AM-89-15, AM-89-35, AM -89-36, AM-89-38 and AM-89-39 supposed to be having genes for varying degrees of slow rusting or high temperature adult plant resistance (HTAP) can be used for future manipulation in wheat improvement program after confirmatory studies.
Assessment of wheat breeding lines for slow yellow rusting (Puccinia striiformis West.
Lr46/Yr29: A slow rusting gene identified in the cultivar Pavon and was found located on chromosome 1B by crossing with a monosomic series of adult plant leaf rust susceptible cultivar Lal Bahadur (Singh et al., 1998a).
Huerta-Espino, 2010.Identification of phenotypic and molecular markers associated with slow rusting resistance gene Lr46.
Comparison of two crossing and four selection schemes for yield traits, slow rusting resistance to leaf rust in wheat.