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go down the plughole

To fail or be squandered. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. My father's company is now going down the plughole because of the incompetent new CEO. All of our savings have gone down the plughole ever since Jack had his little gambling spree in Las Vegas.
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go down the plughole

be unsuccessful, lost, or wasted. informal
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If he is found not to have them, the justification for this dirty war goes down the plughole. If he had them, but did not use them, then he is scarcely the human monster of Tony Blair's imagination.