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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

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

go down the tubes

To fail; to be ruined or destroyed; to be squandered or wastefully discarded. My father's company is going down the tubes because of the incompetent new CEO. 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

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

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

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

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.
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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

down the drain

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down the tubes

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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

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

(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

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.
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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

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

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

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
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