to go down the drain
drained drained adj. having lost much energy or emotion from vigorous activity; -- of people; as, the day's events left her completely drained of strength. [WordNet 1.5]

2. having resources completely depleted.

Syn: depleted. [WordNet 1.5]

3. having no power remaining; -- of a battery.

Syn: run-down. [WordNet 1.5]

{to go down the drain}

1. to be consumed in profitless activity; to be wasted; to become worthless.

2. to vanish or cease existing. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • go down the drain — {v. phr.} To be lost or wasted forever. * /If he doesn t pass the bar examination tomorrow, his best efforts to become a lawyer will go down the drain./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • go down the drain — {v. phr.} To be lost or wasted forever. * /If he doesn t pass the bar examination tomorrow, his best efforts to become a lawyer will go down the drain./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • (go) down the drain — (go) down the ˈdrain idiom (BrE also (go) down the ˈplughole) (informal) (to be) wasted; (to get) very much worse • It s just …   Useful english dictionary

  • go down the drain — phrasal : to come to be outmoded, discarded, or lost our opinions … will have either gone down the drain or become every man s private conviction Virgil Thomson * * * go down the drain , ● go * * * informal be totally wasted the government must… …   Useful english dictionary

  • go\ down\ the\ drain — v. phr. To be lost or wasted forever. If he doesn t pass the bar examination tomorrow, his best efforts to become a lawyer will go down the drain …   Словарь американских идиом

  • go down the drain — idi to become worthless or profitless …   From formal English to slang

  • down the drain — {adj.} or {adv. phr.}, {informal} Wasted; lost. * /It is money down the drain if you spend it all on candy./ * /Our plans to go swimming went down the drain when it rained./ Compare: GO BY THE BOARD …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • down the drain — {adj.} or {adv. phr.}, {informal} Wasted; lost. * /It is money down the drain if you spend it all on candy./ * /Our plans to go swimming went down the drain when it rained./ Compare: GO BY THE BOARD …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • down\ the\ drain — adj or adv. phr. informal Wasted; lost. It is money down the drain if you spend it all on candy. Our plans to go swimming went down the drain when it rained. Compare: go by the board …   Словарь американских идиом

  • go by the board — also[pass by the board] {v. phr.} To go away or disappear forever, be forgotten or not used. * /Tom had several chances to go to college, but he let them go by the board./ * /Grandfather said he was too old to go to the beach. Those days have… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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