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down the drain

wasted or lost down the toilet I'm scared I'm going to be out of a job, and my 12 years of experience will be down the drain.
Usage notes: often used with go: We cannot afford to let our train system go down the drain.
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down the drain

  (British, American & Australian informal) also down the gurgler (Australian informal)
if work or money goes down the drain, it is wasted Then our funding was withdrawn and two years' work went down the drain. Say he gives up his training, that's four thousand pounds down the gurgler.
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down the drain

On the way to being lost or wasted; disappearing. For example, Buying new furniture when they can't take it with them is just pouring money down the drain , or During the Depression huge fortunes went down the drain. This metaphoric term alludes to water going down a drain and being carried off. [Colloquial; c. 1920] For a synonym, see down the tubes.
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down the drain

mod. gone; wasted. A lot of money went down the drain in that Wilson deal.
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down the drain

To or into the condition of being wasted or lost: All of our best laid plans are down the drain.
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While more than half the treated supply is going down the drain he said the target was to save 2% of water this year.
In the shower or tub, it's hard to stop hair going down the drain, but avoid letting children play in the tub with small toys, which could get lodged in the drain.
That equates to about 14p worth of damage for each litre of cooking oil poured down the drain.
Johnson told police that there had been an argument because his girlfriend had put his steroids down the drain, and that he had picked up the bat to deter any assault on him.
Get into the habit of pouring boiling water down the drain once or twice a year.
Steve Dawes, sewerage manager for Severn Trent Water, said: "Despite pleas not to pour turkey fat down the drain, we have still seen an increase in fats in our sewers and sewage treatment works over the Christmas period.
GALLONS of illicit booze has been flushed down the drain in a police clampdown on drink-fuelled anti-social behaviour by teenagers.
London, December 23 (ANI): Gloucestershire County Council is worried that people may block sewers by pouring leftover turkey fat, cooking oil, and grease down the drain after roasting the Christmas dinner.
Ken Rowley, of Penn, Wolverhampton, managed to save himself from falling all the way down the drain by spreading out his arms.
But they will be embarrassed to discover that he is throwing his chance of a new life down the drain.
Watch water swirl down the drains of different sinks and tubs.
Does it mean that ink can go down the drain because it is water-based material?
Some contain alkyphenol ethoxylates (APEs), suspected hormone disruptors that can threaten wildlife after they go down the drain.
The whirling sound you hear is Kerry's presidential aspirations going down the drain.
You might then prevent the detergent from going down the drain with the dirt.
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