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Dry-rot   /draɪ-rɑt/   Listen

Affect or be affected with dry rot.

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"Dry-rot" Quotes from Famous Books

... Louis Quinze settee, ought to be taking their well-earned leisure in some museum. It would be indecent to write at the one or sit on the other. They were relics of the past, foolishly pretending an ability for service when their life had been sapped by dry-rot and ...
— The Best British Short Stories of 1922 • Edward J. O'Brien and John Cournos, editors

... the start! I'm afraid the omen isn't a good one. However, I must kill time some way. I can't lay up here, like a ship in ordinary; better be shaken by storms or covered with barnacles at sea than be housed up, worm-eaten or crumbled into powder by dry-rot on shore." ...
— Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, Issue 10, August, 1858 • Various

... my detail would have been the envy of half the Corps. But times were changed. The Spanish War had done more than give straps to a lot of civilians with pulls; it had eradicated the dry-rot from the Army. The officer with the soft berth was no longer deemed lucky; promotion passed him by and seized upon his fellow in the field. I had missed the war in China and the fighting in the Philippines and, as a consequence, had seen juniors lifted over me. Yet, possibly, ...
— The Colonel of the Red Huzzars • John Reed Scott

... you'll want it all ag'in' the time you get back from Sydney, and we can fix it up arterwards.... There's a couple o' clean shirts o' mine—you'd best take 'em—you'll want 'em on the voyage.... You might as well take them there new pants o' mine, they'll only dry-rot out here—and the coat, too, if you like—it's too small for me, anyway. You won't have any time in Perth, and you'll want some decent togs to land ...
— Over the Sliprails • Henry Lawson

... in a flower only the germ of dry-rot; the most ideal beauty appears to them only like the negligible ...
— Common Sense - - Subtitle: How To Exercise It • Yoritomo-Tashi

... you think that there would be some saving element in our relationship?" Rachael asked in a low voice. "What makes you think that our love would survive the—the dry-rot of life? People would send us silver and rugs, and there would be a lot of engraving, and barrels of champagne, and newspaper men trying to cross-examine the maids, and caterers all over the place, but a few years later, wouldn't it be the same old story? You talk of ...
— The Heart of Rachael • Kathleen Norris

... the ground for years. For seventeen years it has been constantly used in the colony for a variety of purposes. As it resists the white-ant, an insect that destroys oak and every other kind of wood, and is never subject to the dry-rot, it is invaluable for building purposes. Boats constructed of it, which have been in the water during the whole of this period, and entirely unprotected by paint, are still as sound as they ...
— The Bushman - Life in a New Country • Edward Wilson Landor

Words linked to "Dry-rot" :   mold, mildew

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