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in the gutter
slang In a state of total waste, failure, or ruination. My father's company is now going to be in the gutter because of the way the incompetent new CEO is running things. My dad once threw our entire life savings in the gutter betting on horses one weekend. The director's reputation is going to be in the gutter once these allegations come to light.
into the gutter
slang Into a state of total waste, failure, or ruination. My father's company is spiraling into the gutter because of the way the incompetent new CEO is running things. My dad once threw our entire life savings into the gutter betting on horses one weekend. The director's reputation will head straight into the gutter once these allegations come to light.
the gutter press
Tabloids—newspapers or magazines that focus on sensationalized or scandalous stories—or those who write for them. Of course, the gutter press took the story of our divorce and twisted into a completely exaggerated scandal piece. I've been harassed by the gutter press for weeks about my involvement with the company.
have one's mind in the gutterand have got one's mind in the gutter
Fig. tending to think of or say things that are obscene. Tiffany has her mind in the gutter. That's why she laughs at all that dirty stuff. Why do you tell so many dirty jokes? Do you always have your mind in the gutter.
*in the gutter
Fig. [of a person] in a low state; poor and homeless. (*Typically: be ~; fall [into] ~; put some-one [into] ~.) You had better straighten out your life, or you'll end in the gutter. His bad habits put him into the gutter.
in the gutter
Appropriate to or from a squalid, degraded condition. For example, The language in that book belongs in the gutter. An antonym, out of the gutter, means "away from vulgarity or sordidness," as in That joke was quite innocent; get your mind out of the gutter. This idiom uses gutter in the sense of "a conduit for filthy waste." [Mid-1800s]
the ˌgutter ˈpress(disapproving) popular newspapers which print a lot of shocking stories about people’s private lives rather than serious news: Somebody must control the gutter press in this country.
The gutter is sometimes used to refer to bad social conditions or low moral standards.
have one’s mind in the gutter
tv. to think or suggest something obscene. (Have got can replace have.) Tiffany has her mind in the gutter. That’s why she laughs at all that dirty stuff.