go to the dogs


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go to the dogs

To deteriorate or go awry. Boy, this party has really gone to the dogs. First, there was the issue with the caterer, and now half the guests aren't coming.
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go to the dogs

see under go to pot.
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go to the dogs

If a country or organization goes to the dogs, it becomes less successful and of worse quality than it was in the past. In the 1960s the country was fast going to the dogs. Television, we warned, would go to the dogs under the Government's crazy franchising system.
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go to the dogs

deteriorate shockingly, especially in behaviour or morals. informal
This idiom derives from the fact that attending greyhound races was once thought likely to expose a person to moral danger and the risk of incurring great financial loss.
1997 Daily Telegraph If you read the English media or watch the cretinosities of television, you would think that the country is going to the dogs.
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go to the ˈdogs

(American English also go to hell in a ˈhandbasket) (informal) (often used of a company, an organization, a country, etc.) become less powerful, efficient, etc. than before: Many people think this country’s going to the dogs.
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go to the dogs

To go to ruin; degenerate.
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The second reason not to let our city go to the dogs is that it violates our community standards of cleanliness, safety and land use.
I got to clean the tables and eat the leftovers, which were supposed to go to the dogs,'' he said.