down the tube
or down the tubes phrasal into a state of collapse or deterioration

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • down the tube — 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 tube — phrasal : into a state of collapse, deterioration, or ruin I know what it means to see a crop go down the tubes B.S.Bergland …   Useful english dictionary

  • down the tube(s) — idi+inf down the tube(s), into a wasted or abandoned state …   From formal English to slang

  • go down the tube (or tubes) — informal be completely lost or wasted; fail utterly. → tube …   English new terms dictionary

  • go down the tube — ► go down the tube (or tubes) informal be completely lost or wasted; fail utterly. Main Entry: ↑tube …   English terms dictionary

  • go down the tube(s) —    to fail    Not a reference to a visit to the lamentable London subway system but from the mechanism through which carcasses were conveyed in the meat business, especially in Chicago:     Does she know the rice farm s going down the tube? (le… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • go down the tube(s) — AND go down the chute in. to fail totally; to be ruined. □ The whole project is likely to go down the tubes. □ All my plans just went down the chute …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • go down the tube — go down the drain, become worthless …   English contemporary dictionary

  • go down the tube(s) — v. faill completely …   English slang

  • go down the tube — …   Useful english dictionary

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