worm-eaten :

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  • s  infested with or damaged (as if eaten) by worms

  • Reduced to eating old, moldy, worm-eaten stocks mixed with Malayan-grown rice, we had to find substitutes.
  • Interesting fact: the steel trusses which modern engineers are inserting in place of the worm-eaten oak beams of the Vatican Library roof are by no means a permanent repair.
  • Today, huge cracks threaten to bring down the remnants of its walls, and its stained-glass windows hang crazily from their worm-eaten wooden frames.

  • Michael Gove in Times Online
    Michael Gove, the Tory education spokesman, said in a speech last night: "It is politics itself which seems drained of moral energy, our whole system which looks worm-eaten and decayed."
  • Bernard Levin in Sydney Morning Herald
    In the early 1990s Levin began a column by using 109 consecutive adjectives to describe the then Conservative government - starting with "worm-eaten, exhausted, dishonest, incompetent" and ending with "indefensible, unpardonable and...

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