down the pan

down the pan

Completely and irreversibly wasted, lost, or destroyed. Primarily heard in UK. In an instant, we saw all our hopes for our business go down the pan. All those years of research down the pan. I guess it's back to the drawing board.
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This country has gone down the pan big time and I want no more of it.
It would be unlikely that he would come, or that they would allow it, but something needs to be changed quickly or its down the pan we go.
He said: "Throws have gone down the pan - it needs someone to fight the corner.
With this country going down the pan it can't be long before there's a charge to flush the loo in pubs.
Of course subsequently, while services in Wales are disappearing down the pan at a rate of knots, Carwyn was busy up in Scotland.
Until the situation improves each and every day, We will carry on down the pan, so sad, I have to say Years ago ups and downs were taken in our stride, Today pride and values seem to be pushed aside.
But we would respectfully suggest that by decreeing that their workers should only go to the loo at specific times, bosses at United Biscuits, in Aintree, are in danger of seeing morale go down the pan.
28&29 GET THE LOOK Design duo Colin and Justin ensure boring goes down the pan as they splash out on a classy toilet.
She added: "It's bloody hard knowing a third relationship has gone down the pan.
The standard of education went down the pan overnight.
Please can you get our sport back on track because a lot of people are saying it's going down the pan.
The council taxpayer flushes pounds 500,000 down the pan on this.
A lot of people leave their coats and handbags in public toilets and on one occasion in Tregaron a cleaner found a fully cooked chicken stuffed down the pan.
But PSV wouldn't sell, Leeds's fortunes went down the pan and Van Bommel eventually moved to Barcelona.
And on that basis I would like to give my firm support to Gordon Brown, he's doing a fine job, and anyone who says the economy is down the pan and we're mired in two wars we can't win is a moaning minny.