go down the tube

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go down the tubes

1. To be ruined or destroyed; to be caused to fail completely. My father's company is going down the tubes because of the incompetent new CEO.
2. To be squandered; to be wastefully used up or discarded. 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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