fester fester  /ˈfɛ stər/


  1. (n) a sore that has become inflamed and formed pus
  2. (v) ripen and generate pus


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  1. Koizumi has left Japan's fundamental economic problems to fester.
  2. Presumably to test the effectiveness of a new medication, one of his legs was treated, the other allowed to fester and deteriorate.
  3. Racial pollution is allowed to fester.


  1. Detroit Pistons Hiring of Maurice Cheeks Is Deja Vu All over Again

    Detroit Pistons President Joe Dumars sat before the haggard media and was speaking into the microphone. A team logo backdrop was behind him. It had been another disappointing season of NBA basketball at the Palace, and Dumars was determined to make sure it wouldn ’t fester. He was describing yet another coaching hire. He spoke of “the process” and why it took so long. He said it dragged a little ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report

  2. Faith Waning in City Leaders as Budget Chaos Grows

    The Memphis city budget battle continues to fester, and it's changing the way people look at all of the Bluff City's elected leaders. That includes Memphis Mayor A C Wharton,...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Eyewitness News Memphis

  3. Board member chides Housing Authority of Joliet

    A new commissioner at the Housing Authority of Joliet this week questioned why the board let an administrative problem fester until the agency was sanctioned by federal regulators. Commissioner Ralph Bias questioned why a former financial officer kept his job as HAJ missed financial reporting deadlines, which became a major factor when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development tagged ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Herald News


  1. "I can tell you that the wrong answer is to pretend like this problem will go away if we maintain an unsustainable status quo," said Mr. Obama. "As president, I refuse to allow this problem to fester."
    on May 21, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: 조선일보(영문판)

  2. "It's definitely nice to not sit any longer," Hoffman said. "You kind of get right back out there before letting things like that fester too much."
    on Apr 29, 2007 By: Trevor Hoffman Source: Forbes

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furtive furtive
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