money down the drain

money down the drain

Money that is wasted, squandered, or spent unnecessarily. My degree in literature has so far been a lot of money down the drain, as the only jobs I've been able to get have been in restaurants waiting tables. All of these gadgets you buy are just money down the drain, if you ask me.
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ˌmoney down the ˈdrain

(informal) a waste of money: Her father feels that all her expensive education will just be money down the drain if she gets a job in a cafe.
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IT is no wonder the European Union want PS100bn off Britain for leaving, they just flush their money down the drain.
Meanwhile, ever the shrewd business man, Martin realises his new market products are completely useless and he's just chucked a load of money down the drain.
I find it galling to read about millions of pounds of "taxes" that hard working, ordinary folk have to hand over to a state-funded machine that, all too often, pours money down the drain in badly managed and executed public sector projects.
Deborah Davies Nonsense - he has no idea how to make it profitable - taxpayers' money down the drain in Port Talbot otherwise.
Irish Water can forget about more media campaigns to improve because it is beyond repair and spending cash on public relations companies is simply money down the drain.
You wouldn't throw your money down the drain and chucking food in the bin is exactly the same.
That premise led Greess to a new book Stop Spraying Money Down the Drain where he takes a closer look at the ways pest control companies can reduce downtime and change their costs on an ongoing basis.
Now she reckons the next batch of promising stars must prove the cash spent on giving them a taste of the big time at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow wasn't money down the drain.
It is time for the town to stop flushing our money down the drain.
It's time to stop pouring money down the drain, just like the missing water.
Mark Hughes PS3m on drainage works sounds like money down the drain to me.
The council needs to stop pouring money down the drain.
You would be throwing your money down the drain if you put any money on me coming back as a manager.
Roll up, then, for the West Coast Main Line rail franchise fiasco, which involved chucking PS40m of taxpayers' money down the drain.
When you submit PQDRs, problems can be addressed through the parts replacement or reimbursement processes, and your unit won't be throwing money down the drain.