down the drain

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down the drain

1. In a state of failure or ruination. My father's company is now going down the drain because of the incompetent new CEO.
2. Squandered or wastefully discarded. All of our savings have gone down the drain ever since Jack had his little gambling spree in Las Vegas.
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down the drain

On the way to being lost or wasted; disappearing. For example, Buying new furniture when they can't take it with them is just pouring money down the drain , or During the Depression huge fortunes went down the drain. This metaphoric term alludes to water going down a drain and being carried off. [Colloquial; c. 1920] For a synonym, see down the tubes.
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down the drain

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down the tubes

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down the pan

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COMMON If something is going down the drain, down the tubes or down the pan, it is getting worse or being destroyed and it is unlikely to recover. They were aware that their public image was rapidly going down the drain. People don't like to see marriages going down the tubes. Note: Words such as plughole and toilet are sometimes used instead of drain. Neil admitted recently that long working hours mean his personal life has gone down the toilet.
1. If money, work, or time has gone down the drain, down the tubes or down the pan, it has been lost or wasted. Over the years, the government has poured billions of dollars down the drain propping up its national airlines and other firms. You have ruined everything — my perfect plans, my great organization. All those years of work are down the drain. Note: Words such as plughole and toilet are sometimes used instead of drain. Millions of dollars have gone down the plughole.
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down the drain

totally wasted or spoilt. informal
1930 W. Somerset Maugham The Breadwinner All his savings are gone down the drain.
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(go) down the ˈdrain

(British English also (go) down the ˈplughole) (informal) (be) wasted or lost; (get) much worse: He watched his business, which had taken so long to build up, go slowly down the drain.
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down the drain

mod. gone; wasted. A lot of money went down the drain in that Wilson deal.
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down the drain

To or into the condition of being wasted or lost: All of our best laid plans are down the drain.
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down the drain

Wasted resources. The term, alluding to water flowing down a drain, was transferred to expending effort or funds on a useless enterprise. “Well, fancy giving money to the Government! Might as well have put it down the drain,” wrote Sir Alan Patrick Herbert (1890–1971) in Too Much. To go down the drain means to become worthless. It was so used by W. Somerset Maugham (The Breadwinner, 1930): “All his savings are gone down the drain.”
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'THE world is a very different place than it was in 1969,' Frank Riley commented a couple of weeks ago, when a last-ditch attempt to suitably commemorate the 50th anniversary of a key cultural marker finally went down the gurgler.
Chris Robshaw battled manfully yesterday but it was hard to pick out anyone else who enhanced their reputation as England's Six Nations went down the gurgler and the trophy is off to Dublin - once the Irish have picked it up at HQ next week.
If the Baggies were circling the plughole under his predecessor Tony Pulis - never revered for his tactics, but never relegated - they are disappearing down the gurgler now.
Our health system is down the gurgler! If you pay peanuts you get monkeys.
If something happens to the owner, the business goes down the gurgler.'
The evolutionary styling of this mildly facelifted model isn't going to send residuals of older A1s swirling down the gurgler, which will come as some relief if you're an existing owner, and should help protect the value of your trade in if you fancied chopping it in against a new version.
After being at Gretna and watching them go down the gurgler, the Englishman knows what happens when clubs live outside their means.
"Is your broadband doing anything funny?", he phoned to ask (a mere eight days after Tillside's access to international telecommunications had gone down the gurgler for the second time in less than two years).
(2003), 'Down the Gurgler?: Howard dangles Medicare overboard', Newdoctor: Journal of the Doctors Reform Society, Issue 78, Autumn 2003, New South Wales.
So, that's the wean's Christmas money down the gurgler and we'll only be eating this week if I can find a false ginger beard and do my "shopping" at Tesco.
People have invested their whole lives in this and to see it going down the gurgler (drain), and the government s lame attempts at compensation, is hard to take."
Intermediate line and a Gurgler Damsel was the winning method.
I don't want to sound like I resent my children, but I'm aware that my desire has just gone down the gurgler since having children, because we're just so busy and we're so tired.
The horse could be a 'whistler' or a 'gurgler', terms that are used to describe abnormal respiratory noise, either inspiratory or expiratory.