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rot

2 noun
     
Related topics: Biology
rot2
1 [uncountable]HB the natural process of decaying, or the part of something that has decayed:
the smell of rot
wood that is soft with rot
dry rot
2 [singular,uncountable] a state in which something becomes bad or does not work as well as it should:
He criticized the talk shows as 'cultural rot'.
stop the rot British English (=stop a bad situation getting worse)
The team has enough good players to stop the rot.
the rot set in British English (=a situation started to get worse)
It was after he left the company that the rot set in.
3 [uncountable] British English old-fashioned nonsense:
You do talk rot!

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