- 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...