the wheels fell off

the wheels fell off

slang An unexpected problem arose, with (real or hyperbolically) disastrous effects. The job interview was going well, but the wheels fell 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 fell off when the washer flooded.
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But the wheels fell off with a 4-0 loss away to Slovakia last November and there has been no response.
Then disaster struck on the way home from the auction as two of the wheels fell off.
THE wheels fell off for a love cheat car crash victim when 17 girlfriends visited him in hospital at the same time.
According to the report, Taylor was dropped on nought, a slip catch that should have been taken by Kirk Edwards off Tino Best, then received more lives on 122 and 125 as the wheels fell off for the tourists.
Eugene: Defeat was smack in the face EUGENE Martin admits his young Birmingham & Solihull team had a 'smack in the face from reality' after the wheels fell off their bandwagon at the weekend.
A NEW PS18million roller coaster at Alton Towers called The Smiler has reopened after the wheels fell off and smacked four people in the face.
The wheels fell off for him in the Ashes tour later that year as he was dropped mid-series after succumbing to short deliveries from England's seamers time and again.
Carl Llewellyn has always thought the world of his eight-year-old but the wheels fell off somewhat in the second half of last season.
It went so quickly, once the wheels fell off we couldn't regain our composure and we were completely lost.
But the wheels fell off last summer, when the company's 88-per-cent shareholder, Leo Schotte, a Toronto stainless steel tank manufacturer, failed to secure new investment to pay down the debt.
But once Shafayet was lbw to Tim Bresnan for 33 and then Love run out for 42 the wheels fell off as Yorkshire took control.
However,after stealing the 15thframe with a 57 clearance to black to lead 8-7, the wheels fell off for the Wellingborough star.
But the wheels fell off when I tried to reload the brass.
But the wheels fell off in spectacular fashion, the deadly duo lost their goalden touches and Wanderers were kicked out of the promotion places.
But Murray broke back and the wheels fell off for Fognini as the world number two reeled off six games in a row.