go down the pan

go down the pan

To fail or be 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.
See also: down, pan
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euro]is country will literally go down the pan for the working class.
A PLAY could go down the pan before it's even shown if a theatre company can't get hold of vital props.
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.
Dating In The Dark Tuesday, 9pm, Living AS Cheryl Cole watches her US career go down the pan, bandmate Sarah Harding can't be too far behind.
Because if they go down the pan the UK economy ends up in the sewer with them.
Chris plays Charlie Babbit, an egotistical yuppie whose business is about to go down the pan when he hears his estranged father has died and left his fortune to Raymond, the long-institutionalised elder brother Charlie never knew (or, more subtly, has forgotten).
I worked damned hard to get the money, I just don't want to see it go down the pan.
We don't want it to go down the pan like Wimbledon.
The race for the July prize is wide open, though the chances of previous leader Fred Bog will go down the pan unless Falbrav wins the King George.
WE'RE all hoping that, after spending so much money in the close season, Manchester United will go down the pan at last.
We don't want to see Coventry City go down the pan.
An internal audit showed two ventures risked losses of more than pounds 1m, while a further 40% could go down the pan to the tune of pounds 100,000.
We all care about the club and don't want to see it go back to part-time football and go down the pan.
He said that if we don't settle for a two per cent rise, the country will go down the pan.
Relations in the Taylor/ Burton household go down the pan when the kids fight over the bathroom (above).