go(ing) to the dogs

be going to the dogs

To be in a state of deterioration, degradation, or ruin, often to a shocking or dramatic degree. This city used to be a crowning jewel of the Pacific Northwest. But it's been going to the dogs ever since the economy crashed in 2008. The company is going to the dogs under the leadership of its new CEO.
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go to the dogs

To deteriorate or go awry. Boy, this party has really gone to the dogs. First, there was the issue with the caterer, and now half the guests aren't coming.
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go(ing) to the dogs

To be ruined. This expression, which has meant to come to a bad end since the seventeenth century, assumes that dogs are inferior creatures, as so many other sayings do (a dog’s life, die like a dog, sick as a dog, and so on). It was already a cliché by the time Shaw wrote, “The country is going to the dogs” (Augustus Does His Bit, 1917).
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