down the drain

down the drain

– wasted
– lost
– abandoned
– completely spoiled
– gone

Examples:
1. Our work went down the drain when NGO stopped funding the project in the halfway.
2. If the factory closes, that will be a million pounds’ worth of investment down the drain.
3. I’m scared I’m going to be out of a job, and my 12 years of experience will be down the drain.
4. We cannot afford to let our train system go down the drain.
5. A lot of money went down the drain in that Wilkinson deal.

Origin:
On the way to being lost or wasted; disappearing. For example, Buying new furniture when they can’t take it with them is just pouring money down the drain , or During the Depression huge fortunes went down the drain . This metaphoric term alludes to water going down a drain and being carried off.[Colloquial; c. 1920]

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