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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Here he had plenty of time for reading, but the position of dependence and the consciousness that his great though still unformed powers of intellect and of action were rusting away in obscurity undoubtedly did much to increase the natural bitterness of his disposition.
Summary: Once the bustling heart of the Bekaa-Syria train line, Riyaq Station now sits derelict, its steam engines rusting away.
Swings installed for children are rusting away and walking tracks lie in a dilapidated state.
'All surgical equipment and machinery are rusting away. The modern building, where the hospital was shifted a year ago, hasn't got electricity connection yet,' he said.
Some are derelict, relics slowly rusting away, others are very much integral to communities as they work the fields in smallscale, often remote, farms.
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Since then the boat, which used to attract revellers from across the north, has been a sorry sight, rusting away while its fate was determined.
At the start of the First World War, the brickworks ceased production, with some of the buildings on the site slowly rusting away ever since from sea erosion.
In many cases these were the top selling cars of yesteryear, up on bricks, in pieces as a garage 'project' or more often than not just quietly rusting away.
Islamabad -- The Margalla Tourist Train, owned and operated by the CDA Sports and Culture Department, went off the tracks soon after it was brought on the tracks after it was rusting away for months.
"It is rusting away, and we should be grateful to all those who have undertaken the Sisyphean task of trying to stop its deterioration."