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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.
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In the overall scheme of things where the European currency is going down the pan, our own country is being steered on to the rocks by a bunch of tail-coated rich oiks, our borders are being overrun by financial migrants who want to stick their hands into our dwindling coffers, many wars continue throughout the world with people being killed daily, whole countries in the third world are starving etc, etc, etc, and this issue is just not important.
Yes, it seems the man at the centre of the swearing row that sparked a punch-up in the stands at the US Open was only getting hot under the collar because his bet was going down the pan.
Sir - In this United Kingdom Is where it all began It seems that this Great Britain Is just going down the pan.
The husband-and-wife team are mired in the past, dreaming of the perfect business, while in reality, their ambitions are going down the pan.
It is a really distressing time to lose our jobs with the economy looking like it is going down the pan.
They should not assume Scotland is going down the pan.
Model Steph worries her career is going down the pan when sheOs made the face of a new laxative.
And we wonder why CD single sales are going down the pan.
North Wales Police is not failing and our burglary detection rate is not going down the pan,''he said.
On the streets now in parts of Northern Ireland it is extremely bad, particularly in terms of sectarian violence from all sides - but also a fear around that the process is going down the pan.
That was when our season started going down the pan.
The Scotland star was signed by former Rangers striker John Spencer but the move Stateside failed to reignite his scoring form and Boyd admits his career was in danger of going down the pan.