up the spout


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up the spout

  (British & Australian informal)
wasted or spoiled Pete lost his job so that meant our holiday plans went up the spout. And they refused to give me a refund so that was two hundred pounds up the spout.
See also: spout, up

up the spout

Chiefly British Slang
1. Pawned.
2. In difficulty.
3. Pregnant.
See also: spout, up
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As Jeff weighed only seven stone, Up The Spout had to carry six stone of dead weight in his races.
The following 1952 season, Up The Spout and Jeff looked like trotting up in a point-to-point at Belmont in Herefordshire only to fall and the horse to sadly break his neck.
However, Jeff revealed to me, many years later of course, that Up The Spout was in reality another horse called John French which had run, with some distinction, under Jockey Club Rules
Also, three years previously with Jeff, then just 13 years old, in the saddle, Up The Spout had won the PS160 Welsh St Leger at a flapping meeting in the Vale of Neath