down the pan

down the pan

Completely and irreversibly wasted, lost, or destroyed. Primarily heard in UK. In an instant, we saw all our hopes for our business go down the pan. All those years of research down the pan. I guess it's back to the drawing board.
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Between shootings, countries at war, the behaviour of politicians - especially Conservatives and Labour MPs in our own country - things are going down the pan.
More nurses leaving than starting is a damning indictment of falling morale, with years of training going down the pan when a dream job turns into a nightmare.
People took the mercilessly, saying the former Labour leader's career had "gone down the pan" and he's "an expert loo-ser".
This country has gone down the pan big time and I want no more of it.
Of course subsequently, while services in Wales are disappearing down the pan at a rate of knots, Carwyn was busy up in Scotland.
But we would respectfully suggest that by decreeing that their workers should only go to the loo at specific times, bosses at United Biscuits, in Aintree, are in danger of seeing morale go down the pan.
SAM WARBURTON says Rob Howley's men are determined to prove Welsh rugby hasn't "gone down the pan".
The standard of education went down the pan overnight.
"A lot of people leave their coats and handbags in public toilets and on one occasion in Tregaron a cleaner found a fully cooked chicken stuffed down the pan."
Decimated by the loss of Platinumlancelot, Bomber Bailey, Glenwood Dream, Royal Honcho and Toomaline Jack this year, fresh blood is urgently required to save this exhilarating branch of the sport from being flushed down the pan.
But PSV wouldn't sell, Leeds's fortunes went down the pan and Van Bommel eventually moved to Barcelona.
And on that basis I would like to give my firm support to Gordon Brown, he's doing a fine job, and anyone who says the economy is down the pan and we're mired in two wars we can't win is a moaning minny.
REAL MADRID'S season is fast going down the pan but the greedy Galacticos have been more concerned with bonus payments this week.