drain

[ dreyn ]
/ dreɪn /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to flow off gradually.
to become empty or dry by the gradual flowing off of liquid or moisture: This land drains into the Mississippi.

noun

Idioms

    go down the drain,
    1. to become worthless or profitless.
    2. to go out of existence; disappear.

Origin of drain

before 1000; Middle English dreynen, Old English drēhnian, drēahnian to strain, filter; akin to dry

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for go down the drain

drain

/ (dreɪn) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

drainable, adjective

Word Origin for drain

Old English drēahnian; related to Old Norse drangr dry wood; see dry
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Medicine definitions for go down the drain

drain

[ drān ]

n.

A device, such as a tube, inserted into the opening of a wound or into a body or dental cavity to facilitate discharge of fluid or purulent material.

v.

To draw off a liquid gradually as it forms.
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Idioms and Phrases with go down the drain (1 of 2)

go down the drain


see down the drain.

Idioms and Phrases with go down the drain (2 of 2)

drain


see brain drain; down the drain.

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