the rot sets in

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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.
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the rot sets in

a rapid succession of (usually unaccountable) failures begins.
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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.
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I THE rot has set in, with the Guardian and the Independent leading the charge of newspapers to omit racecards on a regular basis last week.
But when religion and its guardians become consumed with getting the magic right and tinkering with legal codification you know the rot has set in. With so much in contemporary American life that is morbidly disordered and crying.