rot away

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Related to rot away: rot off, rot out

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References in classic literature ?
Still I thought I might catch him on one point; so I asked him why the modern empire did not make the nation's cream in the Heidelberg Tun, instead of leaving it to rot away unused.
He had fixed his eyes upon a distorted fir tree, planted by some former tenant in a tub that had once been green, and left there, years before, to rot away piecemeal.
Llanbleddian Gardens could be pretty If people had respect for their adopted city And put rubbish out on collection day So I wouldn't have to see it rot away.
The St Mirren midfielder is one of five regulars in the Buddies' starting 11 - along with Jason Naismith, Sean Kelly, Marc McAusland and Kenny McLean - who came through the ranks in Paisley The Scotland Under-21 star said: "Too many kids sign for bigger clubs and then just rot away.
As the tree grows, they will expand and eventually rot away, rather than a rubber or metal belt, which will cut into the bark.
Unearthing such fossils is rare because fragile remains quickly disintegrate and rot away.
Over time the felt and the wooden pegs that hold it in place will rot away having created a more hospitable environment for the heather to grow and prevent further erosion of the peat.
The situation is so dire farmers now say they are going to be forced to sit and watch their crops rot away.
And the wool - that always seems to be the last stuff to rot away, and it's what we would call a good clue as to the nature of the deceased.
Most end up in landfill where they can take hundreds of years to rot away.
Biostarch bags are made from non-GM maize and will rot away to just water and C[O.
Each bag can take anything between 400 and 1,000 years to rot away.