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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In a sure sign bosses at the Guggenheim Museum believe his administration are going down the pan, they denied his request for the loan of the Dutch artist's masterpiece Landscape in the Snow to display at the White House.
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.
I'm now going to take my career into my hands, if it isn't already down the pan, and you're going to try to help me do a bit of this extreme metal" - Former Labour leader Ed Miliband as he prepared to try to sing on live radio with a grimecore band.
This country has gone down the pan big time and I want no more of it.
It would be unlikely that he would come, or that they would allow it, but something needs to be changed quickly or its down the pan we go.
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.
The standard of education went down the pan overnight.
Please can you get our sport back on track because a lot of people are saying it's going down the pan.
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.
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.
But this is a tradition which is going down the pan.