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down the tube(s)
Awry; in a state of deterioration or failure. You got a C average? Boy, your grades have really gone down the tubes this semester. We had big plans for our trip, but the terrible weather made it all go down the tube.
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down the tubes
Also, down the tube. Into a state of failure or ruin, as in If he failed the test, his chances went down the tubes. ] Colloquial; 1960s] Also see down the drain.
down the tube (or tubes)lost or wasted. informal
2001 High Country News I've already lost my alfalfa crop; that's about $20,000 down the tubes.