down the tubes

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - down the tubes

"down the tubes"

wasted or lost


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - down the tubes

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  The CEO scrapped the project.

Colleague 2:  Seriously?  Weeks of work down the tubes?

Colleague 1:  It's the CEO. If he wants us to waste our time, we waste our time.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - down the tubes

Two parents are talking ...

Mother:  Well? Did Samantha pass her driver's license test?

Father:  Sorry. She failed again.

Mother:  That's forty-five dollars down the tubes.

Father:  It was not a total waste. She did get experience with taking the test.

down the tubes - Usage:


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down the tubes - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for down the tubes.

down the tubes - Examples:

1)  Just watching education money "go down the tubes". The wastage is terrible.

2)  On paper, at least, billions of pounds in value has gone down the tubes, all because the British apparently opted to vote on emotion, ...

3)  ... not permit for a bilateral series and as a result, it went down the tubes with huge financial implications for us.

4)  Money does not just disappear when an economy goes down the tubes. Its a direct result of foreign interests undermining the economy.

5)  Unfortunately all went down the tubes having been dealing with a fraud and a dupe.

6)  If we have to cancel, it will be 12 months of work down the tubes, so we are hoping for some positive news.

7)  ... the money that he has poured into Mill Cottage is about to go down the tubes. Ronnie tells him that the building is infested with dry rot, ...

8)  So yes, that was another idea down the tubes. I feel the next thing will be ...

9)  ... 28-year-old man about to get married next month but that dream may go down the tubes after an older woman I had an affair with has vowed to do everything within ...

10)  ... destroy it, but $1000 is a lot of money to just put down the tubes, or we could pass it on to someone who also has a prescription for ...

11)  But to throw all that work down the tubes to start a brand new national registry is not the way to go.

12)  ... planned a huge surprise to welcome her, but all their efforts went down the tubes, thanks to her no show.

13)  ... that was to help raise funds and increase awareness about tree planting went down the tubes after the minister was found to be involved in corrupt practices and was sacked.

14)  ... a mistake with the scheduling and you might find your entire plan going down the tubes.

15)  I worry now as well, when it seems to be going down the tubes, but I was never as close to the breadline as you were at that ...

16)  ... the work of months invested in a highly moral piece of legislation going down the tubes because of the refusal of someone in the opposition to simply shut up.

17)  ... health care or free public education, while the U.S. pours $1 trillion down the tubes on weapons that it will never use.

18)  In the process, our value chain goes down the tubes and our way of life turns upside down.

19)  All of that money down the tubes. Fiscal recklessness and the minister of finance ought to have known about it.

20)  ... it was money down the tubes and of zero benefit.