go down the tubes(redirected from gone down the tube)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
go down the ˈtube/ˈtubes(informal) (of a plan, company, situation, etc.) fail: The education system is going down the tubes.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
go down the tubeverb
go down the tube(s)and go down the chute
in. to fail totally; to be ruined. I tried, but it all went down the tube. All my plans just went down the chute.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.