rotten to the core


of a person
: very bad or dishonest

Examples of rotten to the core in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many African youths feel their governments are rotten to the core, and are demanding something far beyond tinkering with traditional politics. John Eligon Joao Silva, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2024 This element of the series was often too on the nose, and much less compelling than the random displays of immorality and wickedness that make the Ushers rotten to the core. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 11 Oct. 2023 His soul is rotten to the core. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 20 June 2022 Doubtless some will see it as additional evidence that the whole enterprise—18th-century Harvard, the American Revolution, the Bible—was rotten to the core. Ira Stoll, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2022 Everything about this bill is rotten to the core. Daedan Olander, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Apr. 2022 That the American experiment is rotten to the core, but that escape is hopeless? Rebecca Panovka, Harper’s Magazine , 18 Jan. 2022 But their culture is rotten to the core, valuing barbaric violence and brute strength above all else. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Hockey culture has always been rotten to the core, and this incident is yet another reminder that this suffering and hate is what our favorite sport has been built upon. Mary Clarke, USA TODAY, 28 Oct. 2021

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“Rotten to the core.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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