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down the drain

1. In a state of failure or ruination. My father's company is now going down the drain because of the incompetent new CEO.
2. Squandered or wastefully discarded. All of our savings have gone down the drain ever since Jack had his little gambling spree in Las Vegas.
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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

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down the tubes

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down the pan

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COMMON If something is going down the drain, down the tubes or down the pan, it is getting worse or being destroyed and it is unlikely to recover. They were aware that their public image was rapidly going down the drain. People don't like to see marriages going down the tubes. Note: Words such as plughole and toilet are sometimes used instead of drain. Neil admitted recently that long working hours mean his personal life has gone down the toilet.
1. If money, work, or time has gone down the drain, down the tubes or down the pan, it has been lost or wasted. Over the years, the government has poured billions of dollars down the drain propping up its national airlines and other firms. You have ruined everything — my perfect plans, my great organization. All those years of work are down the drain. Note: Words such as plughole and toilet are sometimes used instead of drain. Millions of dollars have gone down the plughole.
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down the drain

totally wasted or spoilt. informal
1930 W. Somerset Maugham The Breadwinner All his savings are gone down the drain.
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(go) down the ˈdrain

(British English also (go) down the ˈplughole) (informal) (be) wasted or lost; (get) much worse: He watched his business, which had taken so long to build up, go slowly down the drain.
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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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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.
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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.
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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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