in the gutter

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.
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*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.
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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]
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References in classic literature ?
There is the man whom we all know, stupid, unimaginative, whose brain is bitten numbly by numb maggots; who walks generously with wide-spread, tentative legs, falls frequently in the gutter, and who sees, in the extremity of his ecstasy, blue mice and pink elephants.
What great waves there were in the gutter, and what a swift current
This, with the same care, he deposited in the gutter.
He was bound to end in the gutter sooner or later," said Lawson.
com), which is a hedgehog-like brush that sits in the gutter and keeps out leaves and other debris because they are deflected by it or get stuck on the spines.
com), which is a hedgehoglike brush that sits in the gutter and keeps out leaves and other debris because they are deflected by it or get stuck on the 'spines'.
Leave the old spikes in place--a spike head Looks better than a hole in the gutter.
com), which is a long, hedgehog-like brush that sits in the gutter and keeps out leaves and the like because they bounce off or get stuck on the 'spines'.
com), which is a long, hedgehoglike brush that sits in the gutter and keeps out leaves and the like because they bounce off or get stuck on the 'spines'.
If you notice that water's falling sharply from one place in the gutter, this usually indicates a blockage.
It also prevents mosquitoes from breeding in the gutter.
If you notice that water is falling sharply from one place, this usually indicates a blockage in the gutter.
Guttering should be replaced if the brackets that hold it to fascias fail, since the putty joints in the gutter will have been broken.
Sutherland Lyall may be in the gutter but he's always looking at the cyber stars.