down the tubes
phrasal see down the tube

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • down the tubes — down the tube/tubes 1. if something goes down the tubes, it fails or disappears. Our holiday plans went down the tube because of the train strike. 2. if someone goes down the tubes, they fail. He s in danger of going down the tubes if he doesn t… …   New idioms dictionary

  • down the tubes — If something has gone down the tubes, it has failed or been ruined …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • down the tubes — ap In deep trouble or out of business. My English grade is down the tubes; I missed the final. 1950s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • down the tubes — lost or gone, ruined, up the creek    You have to advertise, or your business will go down the tubes …   English idioms

  • down the tubes — (Slang) in trouble (as in She is down the tubes for missing her French test ) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • down the tubes —    If something has gone down the tubes, it has failed or been ruined.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Down the tubes —   If something has gone down the tubes, it has failed or been ruined …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • down the tubes — Meaning Wasted and unrecoverable. Origin The tubes are the pipework connected to a lavatory …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • down the tubes — adverb Into a state of collapse or failure. Syn: down the drain …   Wiktionary

  • down the tubes — noun see tube III …   Useful english dictionary

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