go to seed
or run to seed phrasal 1. to develop seed 2. decay, deteriorate

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • go to seed — or[run to seed] {v. phr.} 1. To grow seeds. * /Onions go to seed in hot weather./ 2. To lose skill or strength; stop being good or useful. * /Sometimes a good athlete runs to seed when he gets too old for sports./ * /Mr. Allen was a good… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • go to seed — or[run to seed] {v. phr.} 1. To grow seeds. * /Onions go to seed in hot weather./ 2. To lose skill or strength; stop being good or useful. * /Sometimes a good athlete runs to seed when he gets too old for sports./ * /Mr. Allen was a good… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • go\ to\ seed — • go to seed • run to seed v. phr. 1. To grow seeds. Onions go to seed in hot weather. 2. To lose skill or strength; stop being good or useful. Sometimes a good athlete runs to seed when he gets too old for sports. Mr. Allen was a good carpenter… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • go to seed — to get into a much worse condition. I almost didn t recognize John. He s really gone to seed since his wife left him. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of plants that go to seed (= stop producing flowers and start producing seeds) …   New idioms dictionary

  • go to seed — If someone has gone to seed, they have declined in quality or appearance …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • go to seed — verb a) To pass from flowering or ripening to the formation of seeds. Wild tomatoes, which had gone to seed or been remorselessly hoed out from the beginning of Berande, were foraged for salads, soups, and sauces. b) To deteriorate; to decline… …   Wiktionary

  • go to seed — go/run to seed to stop taking care of your appearance so that you no longer look attractive. I almost didn t recognize John. He s really gone to seed since his wife left him …   New idioms dictionary

  • go to seed — ► go (or run) to seed 1) cease flowering as the seeds develop. 2) deteriorate. Main Entry: ↑seed …   English terms dictionary

  • go to seed — run to seed in just two years, this hotel has really gone to seed Syn: deteriorate, degenerate, decline, decay, fall into decay, go to rack and ruin, go downhill, molder, rot; informal go to pot, go to the dogs, go down the toilet …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • go to seed — phrasal or run to seed 1. : to develop seed 2. : to lose vitality or effectiveness : decay it is the picture of the idealist gone to seed, the sensitive man turned sour H.E.Clurman the eighteenth century upper class culture was running to seed… …   Useful english dictionary

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