the wheels fell off the wagon(redirected from the wheels have fallen off the wagon)
the wheels fell off the wagon
Some endeavor or activity failed or went terribly wrong, especially after some unexpected problem or mishap arose. The team was looking primed for a championship run at the start of the season, but after their goal keeper went out with an injury, the wheels fell off the wagon. The show was one of the hottest programs on television when it debuted. But then the wheels fell off the wagon in the final seasons, with one of the most disappointing finales of all time.
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