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go down the pan

To fail or be completely and irreversibly wasted, lost, or destroyed. Primarily heard in UK. In an instant, we saw all our hopes for our business go down the pan.
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go down the pan

reach a stage of abject failure or uselessness.
1997 Ian Rankin Black & Blue My company's just about given up trying to sell to the oil industry. They'd rather buy Yank or Scandinavian…no wonder Scotland's down the pan.
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go down the ˈpan

(British English, slang) be wasted or spoiled: That’s another brilliant idea down the pan.
Pan is an informal word for the bowl of a toilet.
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That was when our season started going down the pan.
Understandably, Powell and Seymour were less than happy to see their fabulous new looks going down the pan when faced with cold water resistance to change but I confess to watching with jaw-dropped amazement at what actually goes on in the wonderfulworl d of the WC.
With this country going down the pan it can't be long before there's a charge to flush the loo in pubs.
Ten months of the Con-Dems and the country is going down the pan, but you still blame Labour.
LEARNING about 2,000 property maintenance jobs going down the pan in Exeter is, of course, to hear of a terrible waste of skills and a huge blow to the South West economy, but it cannot be regarded as a shock when it is explained by the company that a large part of their problem was spending cuts.
Yes, it seems the man at the centre of the swearing row that sparked a punch-up in the stands at the US Open was only getting hot under the collar because his bet was going down the pan.
A NEW litter busting strike team has been set up to prevent a beauty spot going down the pan.
They should not assume Scotland is going down the pan.
Model Steph worries her career is going down the pan when sheOs made the face of a new laxative.
I think Bashir's time would be better suited to finding out why this country of ours is going down the pan, and why our young men may have to lose their lives in battle for puppet politicians and a warmonger on the other side of the Atlantic.
Meanwhile, the family business is going down the pan.