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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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Suspensions and injuries earned him a recall in April after his Hawthorns career seemed to have gone down the pan completely.
If it wasn't for working women, I am sure the economy of the United Kingdom would have gone down the pan ages ago.
It's plain awful to watch and that's why the attendances have gone down the pan.
LIKE Medusa having a bad day at the hairdressers, no sooner has one pop band gone down the pan than several nostalgia and tribute bands spring up in its place.
It is really terrible that a company like Hardy's has gone down the pan so much recently and I am very concerned for the workers who remain, because I have some very good friends there.
An award-winning loo in Broughty Ferry has gone down the pan as it was costing taxpayers pounds 8 to spend a penny.
Bathroom designers have been forced to pull the plug and a plumbing firm has gone down the pan.