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go down the plughole

  (British & Australian informal)
if a plan or work goes down the plughole, it fails or is wasted I'll be so annoyed if all my hard work goes down the plughole just because he's too lazy to finish his bit in time.
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It centres on the story of a man whose toe becomes trapped in a bath plughole and will be the fourth in a series of plays to be staged at the Low Lights Tavern on Brewhouse Bank at North Shields Fish Quay, the oldest pub in the town.
The North Wales boy screamed out to his mum Karen that the plughole was "biting him", after curiosity got the better of him at bath-time and he sent his finger in search of answers.
The second book in the series is called The Amulet of Silvermoor and takes Bradley back down the plughole on another amazing adventure through a disused coalmine based on a real-life Yorkshire colliery Silverwood, which eventually leads him back to Pathylon to face even greater challenges.
Britain is one of the biggest water wasters in Europe - running the equivalent of 1,200 Olympic swimming pools down the plughole every year, it has been revealed.
A DOG had to be rescued by firefighters after getting his paw stuck down a plughole.
In the past year sales of Challs' biggest brand, Buster plughole cleaner, have exploded, increasing by 32% in value to [pounds sterling]4.
Other examples include the Sears Tower in Chicago, finished in time for the Oil Crisis of 1974, and the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, which appeared after the Malaysian stock market went down the plughole in 1997.
Use it while you've got it because it'll go, it's sliding away like water down a plughole," she said, according to the excerpts.
IT must be a satisfying feeling for a croupier to scoop all the chips down the plughole when, after the spin of a roulette wheel, the ball lands on a number that went completely unbacked.
But with more than 100,000 litres down the plughole in just under a week, Thames Water is considering what action it can take.
What I like about SLAM is that if you apply it down your bathroom plughole, it dissolves hair and soap, kills smells and germs and increases the drainage rate through the plughole.
If the moderate Sunni and Shia in Iraq do not get together and form an accord they are all - including Iraq - going down the plughole and could take the rest of humanity with them.
But like every other slice of authenticity from the old stadium it was sterilised in a redevelopment that washed character and atmosphere down the 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.
While Charity's got her head down the plughole, elsewhere in tonight's hour-long instalment, Valerie's still sticking her own head in the sand about getting tested for HIV.