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the wheels fell off

slang An unexpected problem arose, with (real or hyperbolically) disastrous effects. The job interview was going well, but the wheels fell off once I started rambling about my personal life. My plan was to have dinner ready by the time you got home, but the wheels fell off when the washer flooded.
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But the wheels fell off with a 4-0 loss away to Slovakia last November and there has been no response.
In August 2015, the back wheels fell off an ambulance that was transporting a patient on life support from Letterkenny, Co Donegal, to University Hospital Galway.
Then disaster struck on the way home from the auction as two of the wheels fell off.
He said: "Why were they allowed to carry on transporting children after incidents where wheels fell off buses?
According to the report, Taylor was dropped on nought, a slip catch that should have been taken by Kirk Edwards off Tino Best, then received more lives on 122 and 125 as the wheels fell off for the tourists.
Eugene: Defeat was smack in the face EUGENE Martin admits his young Birmingham & Solihull team had a 'smack in the face from reality' after the wheels fell off their bandwagon at the weekend.
A NEW PS18million roller coaster at Alton Towers called The Smiler has reopened after the wheels fell off and smacked four people in the face.
The wheels fell off for him in the Ashes tour later that year as he was dropped mid-series after succumbing to short deliveries from England's seamers time and again.
Carl Llewellyn has always thought the world of his eight-year-old but the wheels fell off somewhat in the second half of last season.
It went so quickly, once the wheels fell off we couldn't regain our composure and we were completely lost.
These Bad Guys used to be armed, funded an' fed by an Evil Empire, but when its wheels fell off like a flattened Flexy Flyer, the Bad Guys just dropped their political pretensions and became freelance murderers, bandits and killer-kidnappers.
The English started promisingly, easing ahead through Mark Cueto's 13th Test try and three Andy Goode penalties - then the chariot's wheels fell off as South Africa amassed 22 unanswered points.
He always grumbled when the teenagers hired to cut the grass pushed the mowers until wheels fell off or parts were lost, and then brought them to him, a volunteer nearly 80 years old, to fix.
But the wheels fell off last summer, when the company's 88-per-cent shareholder, Leo Schotte, a Toronto stainless steel tank manufacturer, failed to secure new investment to pay down the debt.
A LIAT flight made an emergency landing yesterday (10 May) after one of its wheels fell off shortly after takeoff.