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go down the tube

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go down the tube

verb phrase

To go to wrack and ruin; be lost or destroyed: Bache was in danger of going down the chute with the price of silver/ speaks of a whole generation going down the tube/ and all of that is going right down the drain/ Should the Government sanction the act of simply sending taxpayers' dollars straight down the gurgler?/ Our foreign policy would not be down the toilet (entry form 1963+, chute 1940s+, drain 1925+, toilet 1980s, tubes 1970s)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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