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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In reality, they are pouring money down the drain and giving away free products to someone who acquired a mass-following overnight," Anders Ankarlid, CEO of A Good Company, told PRWeek.
Having thrown vast sums of taxpayers' money down the drain and having repeatedly proven himself to be unfit for office, Failing Grayling must now resign - or be sacked.
If the projects are not revived and completed, this will be good money down the drain.The projects were being undertaken by ministries and state departments and agencies the most affected being dams for irrigation, roads, learning institutions, crop research and construction of courtrooms, among others.
So, that was a cool PS85,000 of public money down the drain, thanks to Johnson's utter carelessness.
JUST another PS170m of public money down the drain.
Otherwise it truly will be a case of money down the drain!
Money down the drain? Perhaps that's the case for some investors, as a wide range of radio and TV companies each suffered big losses on Wall Street to end the week.
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.
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.
It is time for the town to stop flushing our money down the drain. It is time for our Board of Selectmen to stop kicking the can down the road.
It's time to stop pouring money down the drain, just like the missing water.
One in 14 (7%) of users think they are currently "throwing money down the drain" by paying for unnecessary bills - equating to 3.6million people if the figures are projected across the country.