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1‘the floorboards in the centre of the room had rotted’
decay, decompose, disintegrate, crumble, become rotten
2‘the meat was beginning to rot’
go bad, go off, spoil
go sour, moulder, go mouldy, taint
putrefy, fester, become gangrenous, mortify
rare necrose, sphacelate
3‘poor city neighbourhoods have been left to rot for years’
deteriorate, degenerate, decline, decay, fall into decay, go to rack and ruin, become dilapidated, go to seed, go downhill, languish, moulder
informal go to pot, go to the dogs, go down the toilet
1‘the leaves were turning black with rot’
mould, mouldiness, mildew, blight, canker
wet rot, dry rot
2‘staunch defenders of traditionalism argued that the rot set in with Van Gogh and Gauguin’
corruption, canker, cancer
3‘stop talking rot’
nonsense, rubbish, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blarney, blather, blether
hogwash, baloney, tripe, drivel, bilge, bosh, bull, bunk, hot air, eyewash, piffle, poppycock, phooey, hooey, malarkey, twaddle, guff, dribble
British cobblers, codswallop, cock, stuff and nonsense, tosh
Northern English Scottish havers
North American garbage, flapdoodle, blathers, wack, bushwa, applesauce
dated bunkum, tommyrot, cod, gammon
North American vulgar slang crapola
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.