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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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go down the pan

reach a stage of abject failure or uselessness.
1997 Ian Rankin Black & Blue My company's just about given up trying to sell to the oil industry. They'd rather buy Yank or Scandinavian…no wonder Scotland's down the pan.
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go down the ˈpan

(British English, slang) be wasted or spoiled: That’s another brilliant idea down the pan.
Pan is an informal word for the bowl of a toilet.
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Bathroom designers have been forced to pull the plug and a plumbing firm has gone down the pan.
Not only has her romance with Vince Vaughn gone down the pan, but her attempts to land a guest spot on her favourite TV show, 24, have also been scuppered.
Well all that's gone down the pan now thanks to the anallyretentive jobsworths at Newcastle City Council who, apart from spending their days looking up their own backsides (in lieu of having nothing better to do), have now decided that the ageold words "pet, hinny and love" are insulting, and so they've banned them.
More than 3,000 jobs have gone down the pan in the past two years.
Sir, - So pounds 399 million for the symbol of Political Vanity has gone down the pan.
She added: "It's bloody hard knowing a third relationship has gone down the pan.
AN award-winning public toilet has gone down the pan because it was costing taxpayers more than pounds 8 each time someone spent a penny.