down the drain

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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.
See also: down, drain

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if work or money goes down the drain, it is wasted Then our funding was withdrawn and two years' work went down the drain.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.
See also: down, drain

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.
See also: down, drain

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.
See also: down, drain
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The evolutionary styling of this mildly facelifted model isn't going to send residuals of older A1s swirling down the gurgler, which will come as some relief if you're an existing owner, and should help protect the value of your trade in if you fancied chopping it in against a new version.
After being at Gretna and watching them go down the gurgler, the Englishman knows what happens when clubs live outside their means.
he phoned to ask (a mere eight days after Tillside's access to international telecommunications had gone down the gurgler for the second time in less than two years).
Much of Australian manufacturing is down the gurgler, a new, innovative and environmentally friendly industry was launched in Yarwun.
They could not wait until the summer when their Champions League status may have disappeared down the gurgler.
So, that's the wean's Christmas money down the gurgler and we'll only be eating this week if I can find a false ginger beard and do my "shopping" at Tesco.
People have invested their whole lives in this and to see it going down the gurgler (drain), and the government s lame attempts at compensation, is hard to take.
The takeover by Henry's New England Sports Ventures looks almost certain to go through despite Tom Hicks pouring more Kop cash down the gurgler with a senseless trip to the High Court this week.
Such are the problems faced but we can be assured that because of a keen but small group of specialised plant lovers in Brazil that Dyckia will not go completely down the gurgler.
5million-worth of its paper debt to convert their debt holdings into a new financial beast called a PPDS, or Profit Participating Deferred Shares, dreamed up by the Treasury to try to prevent other overstretched mutual going down the gurgler along with the likes of the Dunfermline and the Derbyshire.
Barry Davies is just behind arch rival Motty as the old guard go down the gurgler.
If you take a long hard look down the gurgler you might find the remnants of English sport because that's where it went this week.
His team were disappearing down the gurgler, yet he sat with that smirk, looking like Hibs being relegated was somehow proving to the oiks that they shouldn't mess with him.
Particularly as the classic Big Lie about three million jobs going straight down the gurgler on our exit will be repeated relentlessly throughout any campaign.
Happy New Year to East Enders toeing the party line tonight - but in the dying hours of 2012 it's not just Babycham and Malibu disappearing down the gurgler.