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go to the dogs

To deteriorate or go awry. Boy, this party has really gone to the dogs. First, there was the issue with the caterer, and now half the guests aren't coming.
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go to the dogs

see under go to pot.
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go to the dogs

If a country or organization goes to the dogs, it becomes less successful and of worse quality than it was in the past. In the 1960s the country was fast going to the dogs. Television, we warned, would go to the dogs under the Government's crazy franchising system.
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go to the dogs

deteriorate shockingly, especially in behaviour or morals. informal
This idiom derives from the fact that attending greyhound races was once thought likely to expose a person to moral danger and the risk of incurring great financial loss.
1997 Daily Telegraph If you read the English media or watch the cretinosities of television, you would think that the country is going to the dogs.
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go to the ˈdogs

(American English also go to hell in a ˈhandbasket) (informal) (often used of a company, an organization, a country, etc.) become less powerful, efficient, etc. than before: Many people think this country’s going to the dogs.
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go to the dogs

To go to ruin; degenerate.
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WE long suspected that Geri Halliwell was going to the dogs, now here's the proof.
I was shocked out of my pontifical complacency that society was going to the dogs because of all the drug addicts.
No wonder law and order in this country is going to the dogs.
Britain may be going to the dogs, but if Ms Collins thinks it's because some toff stood on her dress she's not living in the real world.
THIS picture proves it - Cat Deeley really is going to the dogs.
The old-timers will say greyhound racing is going to the dogs.