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Down the drain

DEFINITION

Big loss. Complete failure to succeed. The phrase presents an image of one’s work going down the drain like the last of your wine. (Compare to Gum up the works, Bummer, Down the tubes, On the ropes, On the skids, Down the crapper, Down the tubes or Pull the rug out from under.)

“After the tidal wave hit our town, everything went down the drain and we had to rebuild.”

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