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boob tube

slang The television. What's on the boob-tube tonight? Anything good?
See also: boob, tube

crack a tube

To open a beer, usually in a can. I like to crack a tube or two when I get home from work.
See also: crack, tube

down the drain

1. In a state of failure or ruination. My father's company is now going down the drain because of the incompetent new CEO.
2. Squandered or wastefully discarded. All of our savings have gone down the drain ever since Jack had his little gambling spree in Las Vegas.
See also: down, drain

down the tube(s)

Awry; in a state of deterioration or failure. You got a C average? Boy, your grades have really gone down the tubes this semester. We had big plans for our trip, but the terrible weather made it all go down the tube.
See also: down

flushed down the tubes

Having lost or failed. The final score was 17-1, so yeah, we got flushed down the tubes.
See also: down, flush, tube

go down the tubes

1. To be ruined or destroyed; to be caused to fail completely. My father's company is going down the tubes because of the incompetent new CEO.
2. To be squandered; to be wastefully used up or discarded. All of our savings have gone down the tubes ever since Jack had his little gambling spree in Las Vegas.
See also: down, go, tube

in the tube

In surfing, riding inside the barrel of a wave. He's in the tube right now—that's why you can't see him from here.
See also: tube

the toothpaste is out of the tube

To rescind information that has been shared or reverse an action that has been taken, especially that which is damaging or undesirable. How confident are you in this information? Because once we announce it, the toothpaste is out of the tube. The company has sought to make reparations for the harms its former CEO caused, but the toothpaste is out of the tube, as it were.
See also: of, out, tube

tube it

1. slang To travel (to some place) on the London Underground or some similar public rapid transit system. Primarily heard in UK. I'm living right next to Bayswater station, so thankfully I can just tube it to work each morning. A: "Do you want to split a taxi?" B: "Nah, let's just tube it."
2. slang To fail some test or examination. Primarily heard in US. A: "How'd the test go?" B: "Not good. I'm pretty sure I tubed it."
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tube steak

1. slang A sausage, especially a frankfurter. Nothing says summertime like being out in the sunshine grilling up burgers and tube steaks!
2. vulgar slang A penis. I came in the room and he was standing there with his tube steak just hanging right out in the open!
See also: steak, tube

tubed

slang Surfing through the cylindrical passage of a wave formed by its crest tipping forward in an arc. The waves were supreme that day. We were all getting tubed on nearly every ride. Wow, I can't believe he got tubed on just his second ever time surfing!
See also: tube
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

down the drain

On the way to being lost or wasted; disappearing. For example, Buying new furniture when they can't take it with them is just pouring money down the drain , or During the Depression huge fortunes went down the drain. This metaphoric term alludes to water going down a drain and being carried off. [Colloquial; c. 1920] For a synonym, see down the tubes.
See also: down, drain

down the tubes

Also, down the tube. Into a state of failure or ruin, as in If he failed the test, his chances went down the tubes. ] Colloquial; 1960s] Also see down the drain.
See also: down, tube
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

down the drain

BRITISH, AMERICAN or

down the tubes

BRITISH, AMERICAN or

down the pan

BRITISH
COMMON If something is going down the drain, down the tubes or down the pan, it is getting worse or being destroyed and it is unlikely to recover. They were aware that their public image was rapidly going down the drain. People don't like to see marriages going down the tubes. Note: Words such as plughole and toilet are sometimes used instead of drain. Neil admitted recently that long working hours mean his personal life has gone down the toilet.
1. If money, work, or time has gone down the drain, down the tubes or down the pan, it has been lost or wasted. Over the years, the government has poured billions of dollars down the drain propping up its national airlines and other firms. You have ruined everything — my perfect plans, my great organization. All those years of work are down the drain. Note: Words such as plughole and toilet are sometimes used instead of drain. Millions of dollars have gone down the plughole.
See also: down, drain
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

down the tube (or tubes)

lost or wasted. informal
2001 High Country News I've already lost my alfalfa crop; that's about $20,000 down the tubes.
See also: down, tube

down the drain

totally wasted or spoilt. informal
1930 W. Somerset Maugham The Breadwinner All his savings are gone down the drain.
See also: down, drain
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

(go) down the ˈdrain

(British English also (go) down the ˈplughole) (informal) (be) wasted or lost; (get) much worse: He watched his business, which had taken so long to build up, go slowly down the drain.
See also: down, drain

go down the ˈtube/ˈtubes

(informal) (of a plan, company, situation, etc.) fail: The education system is going down the tubes.
See also: down, go, tube
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bake the tube steak

tv. to copulate. Bobby was set to bake the tube steak last night, but he failed to preheat the oven.
See also: bake, steak, tube

boob-tube

(ˈbubˈtub)
n. a television set. (Something for a boob to watch.) You spend too much time in front of the boob-tube.

cop a tube

tv. to catch a perfect tubular wave. (Surfers.) Mark—as drunk as all get out—said he was gonna go out and cop a tube.
See also: cop, tube

crack a tube

tv. to open a can of beer. (see also tube.) Why don’t you drop over this evening, and we’ll crack a few tubes?
See also: crack, tube

down the drain

mod. gone; wasted. A lot of money went down the drain in that Wilson deal.
See also: down, drain

go down the tube(s)

and go down the chute
in. to fail totally; to be ruined. I tried, but it all went down the tube. All my plans just went down the chute.
See also: down, go, tube

go down the tube

verb
See also: down, go, tube

in the tube

1. mod. in the “tube” or arch of a large wave. (Surfing.) On a day like today, I want to be out there in the tube.
2. mod. at risk. He’s in the tube now, but things should straighten out soon.
See also: tube

tube

1. n. a can of beer. (see also crack a tube.) Toss me a tube, will ya?
2. n. the inner curve of a tall wave. (see also tubular.) I’m waiting for the best tube.
3. in. to fail; to go down the tube(s). (see also tube it.) The whole plan tubed at the last minute.
4. n. a television set. The tube is in the shop, so I read a book.
5. n. a cigarette. There’s a pack of tubes in my jacket.

tube it

tv. to fail a test. (see also tube.) I was afraid I’d tube it, so I studied my head off.
See also: tube

tube steak

1. n. a frankfurter or a wiener. (see also pimp steak.) I could live on tube steak. Nothing is better!
2. and tube steak of love n. the penis. She laughed so hard when he said “tube steak of love,” that he lost interest, so to speak. His tube steak was reminding him that it was time to get up.
See also: steak, tube

tube steak of love

verb
See also: love, of, steak, tube

tubed

mod. alcohol intoxicated. (see also tube.) They were both tubed and giggling.
See also: tube
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

down the drain

To or into the condition of being wasted or lost: All of our best laid plans are down the drain.
See also: down, drain
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

down the drain

Wasted resources. The term, alluding to water flowing down a drain, was transferred to expending effort or funds on a useless enterprise. “Well, fancy giving money to the Government! Might as well have put it down the drain,” wrote Sir Alan Patrick Herbert (1890–1971) in Too Much. To go down the drain means to become worthless. It was so used by W. Somerset Maugham (The Breadwinner, 1930): “All his savings are gone down the drain.”
See also: down, drain
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer

flushed down the tubes

Defeated. A 1950s college expression drawn from waste removal. After an exam that was more difficult than anticipated, a student might groan, “Man, did I get flushed down the tubes!”
See also: down, flush, tube

tube steak

A humorous (and sometimes pretentious) name for a plain ol' hot dog.
See also: steak, tube
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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