pour money down the drain

pour money down the drain

To waste or squander money; to spend money foolishly or carelessly. I don't know why you pour money down the drain on such useless things. I thought I'd save some cash buying a second-hand car, but I've poured so much money down the drain trying to get it working that I might as well have just bought a new one!
See also: down, drain, money, pour
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pour money down the drain

Fig. to waste money; to throw money away. What a waste! Buying that old car is just pouring money down the drain. Don't buy any more of that low-quality merchandise. That's just throwing money down the drain.
See also: down, drain, money, pour
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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