the wheels came off

the wheels came off

An unexpected problem arose, causing something to fail or go terribly wrong. The job interview was going well, but the wheels came off once I started rambling about my personal life. My plan was to have dinner ready by the time you got home, but the wheels came off when the washer flooded.
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