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go down the drain

To fail; to be ruined or destroyed; to be squandered or wastefully discarded. My father's company is now going down the drain because of the incompetent new CEO. All of our savings have gone down the drain ever since Jack had his little gambling spree in Las Vegas.
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We can save a lot of water from going down the drain taking away these bottles.
Obscene amounts of public money is going down the drain. If companies think wind turbines are all that good, let them build them with their own money!
People say that the NHS is going down the drain, I can say no to that.
He recalled with concern the fact very few such schemes were launched in the past 63 years, and all were badly hit by corruption, resulting in their going down the drain. Rs.
It eludes them, going down the drain with the dishwater, sucked into the vacuum cleaner, tapped away on the laptop keys, hiding and running through their fingers at the same time.
It will be a total waste of good money going down the drain once again, when it could be used to better effect.
AS if we haven't got enough on our plate with ownership and debts troubles, along comes a retiring Bluenose MP and declares the Reds are going down the drain like Portsmouth.
Even with a low-flow showerhead, if there's a teen in your household, chances are there's still a whole lot of water, and money, going down the drain. The Shower Manager ($139) does what neither a digital timer nor knocking on the bathroom door can: cuts the water flow by 2/3 when shower time's up.
When he has a crisis of confidence and his career starts going down the drain (something Murphy must know all about), he finds the solution to his problems in her imaginary world.
You might then prevent the detergent from going down the drain with the dirt.
So how much council rent is going down the drain? Plus I also believe nowadays these houses even get painted.
It's a double whammy, because you have a person struggling to make ends meet and then their pet is going down the drain with them as well.