rotten spot

rotten spot

[′rät·ən ‚spät]
(civil engineering)
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He had to pass a poor, mean burial-ground--a dismal place, raised a few feet above the level of the street, and parted from it by a low parapet-wall and an iron railing; a rank, unwholesome, rotten spot, where the very grass and weeds seemed, in their frouzy growth, to tell that they had sprung from paupers' bodies, and had struck their roots in the graves of men, sodden, while alive, in steaming courts and drunken hungry dens.
This is a really bad, rotten spot and you have to say something like this was coming.
This," said my father, "is one rotten spot for a nest.
Farley scrutinized them up close; another, picture-perfect at first, had a fist-sized knothole about 40 feet up, indicating a rotten spot.
That is why bruising that beautiful tomato results in a rotten spot or a completely spoiled fruit.
They thrive by hollowing out wood, especially in moist or rotten spots, to build their nests and then use their new home in your walls and chairs as a base camp from which to forage for food and water in their nearby surroundings.