rot - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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  1. 2
    the process by which a situation gradually gets much worse
    stop the rot:

    This government has got to stop the rot in the health service.

    the rot sets in (=starts):

    Once officers start accepting bribes, that’s when the rot sets in.

  2. 3
    British informal old-fashioned nonsense
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