flushed down the tubes

flushed down the tubes

Defeated. A 1950s college expression drawn from waste removal. After an exam that was more difficult than anticipated, a student might groan, “Man, did I get flushed down the tubes!”
See also: down, flush, tube
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GottaHaveMyMobile's light-hearted videos capture the everyday activities that can unfortunately result in a cell phone's demise - handsets that are sat-on in the car, submerged in the pool or flushed down the tubes - these real-world examples remind all of us that accidents can happen quickly.