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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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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.
BIFFO and his ministers tucked into a EUR300 fry-up as the economy went down the pan, it was revealed yesterday.
The behaviour of hundreds of pupils went down the pan yesterday - all in aid of Pancake Day.
Few high-profile ones, although West Ham, Reading and Bristol City will have sunk plenty of accas, and a lot of home bankers in Scottish Division One and Two went down the pan.
The programme went down the pan when they arrived on the scene.