be going to hell

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be going to hell

To be in an extremely and increasingly bad or ruinous condition; to be on the inevitable path to utter failure or ruin. With the way he's running things, the company is going to hell sooner than later! If our funding gets cut, our project will be going to hell in a handbasket.
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be going to hell

If something is going to hell, it is being destroyed. The country is going to hell and our leaders are doing nothing to stop it. Note: You can also say that something or someone is going to hell in a handbasket or is going to hell in a handcart. The whole health service is going to hell in a handbasket. I don't know what the world's coming to — we're all going to hell in a handcart. Compare with go to hell.
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Within a matter of weeks she was told to turn her back on her friends and family who, she was told, were going to hell unless they joined the church.
They even got me to try and recruit my own family and friends and said that they were going to hell when they wouldn't join up.
These people were coming up to them and telling them they were going to hell.