down the tubes

down the tubes

Also, down the tube. Into a state of failure or ruin, as in If he failed the test, his chances went down the tubes. ] Colloquial; 1960s] Also see down the drain.
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Maston knew no bounds, and he narrowly escaped a frightful fall while staring down the tube.
Lotus going down the tubes would have been a disaster.
Coffee cuts women's chances of becoming pregnant These cells coordinate tube contractions so that when they are inhibited, eggs can't move down the tubes.
Thanks to the digital world, my job has gone down the tubes.
Nick Clegg's alternative vote fiasco meant some PS90m down the tubes and now we have this rail franchise calamity whereby it is estimated that the cost will be around PS40m.
Other small countries, with less natural resources, do things for themselves and are prospering while we go down the tubes.
The pull of gravity propels riders down the tubes, while water reduces friction, or resistance to movement when two objects rub together, making the slides' plastic surfaces slippery.
If our entire society wasn't going down the tubes, I don't know that I would be as enthusiastic about lo-fimusic as I currently am.
I don't think there's much call for profligate broadcasting persons these days as ITV and Channel 4 head straight down the tubes.
Speaking yesterday, Curley, who intends to continue living in Newmarket, said: "Racing is just going down the tubes every day in terms of prize-money, and I have just come to the stage where I have had enough of it.
The project, funded by Severn Trent Water, involved many of the creatures crawling down the tubes and into three ponds on the site.
By now, one eighth of this calendrical guide is down the tubes (kind of), but it still has a long, valuable life ahead of it.
If we don't produce the best researchers in the world, this country will go down the tubes.
In reflection I should not have done so, for my form went down the tubes.
Perhaps it takes a citizen of Britannia to teach Americans how to have a laugh while one's empire--of gender or geopolitics--goes down the tubes.