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by the board

Having failed, gone to waste, or ceased to exist. (Alludes to people or things on a boat being washed overboard.) All our work and planning went by the board after our funding was pulled. It saddens me to think that printed media may go by the board, now that the Internet has become so ubiquitous.
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by the board

Fallen out of use, discarded. This expression usually is put as go by the board, as in With all the crime around here, the practice of leaving the house unlocked has gone by the board . The board here is the board of a ship, and the expression has been used since about 1630 to signify something that has fallen overboard and been carried away. [Mid-1800s]
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