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go down the plughole

To fail or be squandered. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. My father's company is now going down the plughole because of the incompetent new CEO. All of our savings have gone down the plughole ever since Jack had his little gambling spree in Las Vegas.
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go down the plughole

be unsuccessful, lost, or wasted. informal
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The last three plays at the pub have been sell outs and so an extra performance of The Plughole has been laid on.
Luke Sinnott-Davies eyes the bath suspiciously after his ordeal when he got his finger stuck down the plughole
Almost three million adults (six per cent) admit to pouring paint down the plughole and three per cent put their vegetable peelings down the sink.
The simplest way to retrieve a lost object or to unblock the waste trap is: Put the plug in the plughole to stop any liquid in the sink pouring out when the trap is removed.
AHUGE spider was in the bath yesterday morning - it took me over ten minutes to finally wash it down the plughole with the shower head.
While Dasani long ago went down the plughole in the UK, perhaps the key to selling modified tap water for a Pharaoh-sized markup is to let it warm up to a refreshingly tasty boiling temperature under the glare of the North African sun--something even the marketing geniuses at Coca-Cola presumably never figured out.
But when he put his hand down the plughole to connect a waste pipe, the razor-sharp edge sliced through his middle finger - severing the tendons.
If water is taking a long time to drain away down the plughole, it's likely there's a blockage somewhere along the line.
What's the betting now that Dasani disappears as quickly down the plughole as it came out of the taps.
A toe in the water can get trapped in the plughole when a quote is as high as 46-50 but the gamble is worth taking.
IZZY the hamster went exploring the pipes in her owner's home - and popped up in a neighbour's PLUGHOLE.
CLEVELAND OUTLOOK: The group next meet on Monday from 8pm at the Middlesbrough Municipal Golf Centre, Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough, which is a members trip to Australia titled 'Down the Plughole Anticlockwise.
But it got the shower plughole clear in no time and had the water running smoothly for the first time in days.
Down at the plughole end it's business as usual with the promoted sides fancied to drop.
Then we have Dumb and Dumber (Cameron and Clegg) who tells us we are in it together, please God give them both a brain before it is all goes down the plughole.