go down the tube

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go down the tubes

To fail; to be ruined or destroyed; to be squandered or wastefully discarded. My father's company is going down the tubes because of the incompetent new CEO. All of our savings have gone down the tubes ever since Jack had his little gambling spree in Las Vegas.
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go down the ˈtube/ˈtubes

(informal) (of a plan, company, situation, etc.) fail: The education system is going down the tubes.
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go down the tube

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I also came to realize that I have to be tough about people or go down the tube.
The electron beam would like to go down the tube, but the space-charge limit stops it, and it justs sits in the end of the tube, blowing up laterally and going to the walls of the tube.
Everybody thought we'd go down the tube when I saidI'd leave but now people are saying it's a great move,'' theScot said.
I always felt extremely confident in the opportunity we'd created and I didn't want to see it go down the tube.
The city should not allow the existing affordable housing stock to go down the tube, lost to the in rem process.
25m capture of Sunderland's Thomas Sorensen likely to go down the tube for the same reason, it leaves O'Leary in a different world after the heady days when he splashed out pounds 97m in transfer cash in less than four years at Leeds.
Half a century of watching this show go down the tubes and now the death blow.
Craig said: "I'm a staunch Hibs supporter but the same way I wouldn't want Rangers to go down the tubes, I don't want Hearts to go down the tubes, or anyone else.
Other small countries, with less natural resources, do things for themselves and are prospering while we go down the tubes.