down the toilet

down the toilet

wasted or lost down the drain Appearing on that talk show is usually a sign that your career is already down the toilet.
Usage notes: often used with go: He never showed up to drive us, and our plans for the evening went down the toilet.
See also: down, toilet

down the toilet

  (British, American & Australian informal) also down the pan (British informal)
if something goes down the toilet, it is wasted or spoiled After the drug scandal, his career went down the toilet. If the factory closes, that'll be a million pounds' worth of investment down the pan.
See also: down, toilet
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Severn Trent's customer and community lead, Malcolm Smith, said: "The pupils were taught that the 'three Ps' (pee, paper and poo), are the only things that should be put down the toilet.
Nearly a third of the massive amount of sewer blockages were caused by wet wipes being flushed down the toilet.
He said he didn't but admitted to having one earlier and claimed he flushed it down the toilet.
Now the company is urging residents to stop and think before throwing items such as wet wipes down the toilet after having to deal with approximately 24,000 blockages in the past year alone, at an estimated cost of PS7m.
People often flush items down the toilet without realizing that what they just got rid of can help contribute to a serious clog.
Some of the things people throw down the toilet, like sanitary products or nappies, can easily snag on the inside of a pipe and block it.
A few weeks ago, I annoyed my wife by finding all the expired medicines in the medicine cabinet and flushing them down the toilet.
The worst was last winter when two nappies had been flushed down the toilet together and completely blocked the pipes," said Zoe.
You can pour a 4-pound box of rock salt down the toilet after everyone in the house has gone to bed and flush it once down the toilet; do not flush the toilet again for eight hours.
Summary: The UAQ Police have arrested an Asian woman for allegedly flushing her fetus down the toilet of her accommodation, with the intent to kill it.
Richard explains: "We developed the 'Love your drain' campaign to help our customers after discovering that most people are unaware that items they regularly put down the toilet or sink could block up the sewers in their neighbourhood.
Mr Warneford added: "We have developed the campaign to help our customers after discovering that most people are unaware that items they regularly put down the toilet or sink could block up the sewers in their neighbourhood.
Paul, now 28, from Springwell, Gateshead, said: "He's had a charmed life because mum actually put him down the toilet once thinking he was dead but he swam back up the U-bend.
JC, Glasgow IN reply to James Traynor's article on Thursday about the day our game went down the toilet.
If you remove the requirement to "heat, eat and excrete" , then our business, and others like it, would go - for want of a better phrase - down the toilet.