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go down the pan

To fail or be completely and irreversibly wasted, lost, or destroyed. Primarily heard in UK. In an instant, we saw all our hopes for our business go down the pan.
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go down the pan

reach a stage of abject failure or uselessness.
1997 Ian Rankin Black & Blue My company's just about given up trying to sell to the oil industry. They'd rather buy Yank or Scandinavian…no wonder Scotland's down the pan.
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go down the ˈpan

(British English, slang) be wasted or spoiled: That’s another brilliant idea down the pan.
Pan is an informal word for the bowl of a toilet.
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Lloyd is looking for his younger players to continue to give their all, which pleased fans used to frequent surrenders as Bullets slowly went down the pan.
As a consequence my mental health went down the pan and I became a season ticket holder in psychiatric hospitals.
The Commonwealth Games went down the pan last year because I got injured and I retired.
This last election was therefore the biggest test of support for nationalism ever in Wales,and it went down the pan.
A court has pulled the plug on two Midland men whose bathroom company went down the pan owing pounds 220,000.
The standard of education went down the pan overnight.