rot away

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Related to rot away: rot off, rot out

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And the holy strength of Helios made her rot away there; wherefore the place is now called Pytho, and men call the lord Apollo by another name, Pythian; because on that spot the power of piercing Helios made the monster rot away.
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.
A dismal swamp, on which the half-built houses rot away: cleared here and there for the space of a few yards; and teeming, then, with rank unwholesome vegetation, in whose baleful shade the wretched wanderers who are tempted hither, droop, and die, and lay their bones; the hateful Mississippi circling and eddying before it, and turning off upon its southern course a slimy monster hideous to behold; a hotbed of disease, an ugly sepulchre, a grave uncheered by any gleam of promise: a place without one single quality, in earth or air or water, to commend it: such is this dismal Cairo.
Six more cases of the devastating condition which can cause a dog's flesh to rot away have already been reported this year compared to the whole of 2017.
Concerns emanate from the fact that despite the cry over accommodation deficits in Nigeria, the affected buildings are allowed to rot away, especially, in a country with an estimated 17 million or more housing deficit, with Lagos alone accounted for shortcomings of over three million.
He now visits former workmates at Cantina for a coffee and says: "I will not sit at home and rot away."
Gareth Victor Breaks my heart to see buildings like this left to rot away.
In the aftermath of such horrific violence, it is cathartic for us to repeat the words, "Never again." As time passes, as the outward appearance of those hateful acts seems to rot away, we may be tempted to believe that this evil has been closed down and emptied out.
If you simply place the bulb in the hole without any pressure, you could leave a gap where rainwater will collect and start to rot away at it.
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.