flushed down the tubes

flushed down the tubes

Having lost or failed. The final score was 17-1, so yeah, we got flushed down the tubes.
See also: down, flush, tube
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flushed down the tubes

Defeated. A 1950s college expression drawn from waste removal. After an exam that was more difficult than anticipated, a student might groan, “Man, did I get flushed down the tubes!”
See also: down, flush, tube
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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