pot

1
[ pot ]
/ pɒt /

noun

verb (used with object), pot·ted, pot·ting.

verb (used without object), pot·ted, pot·ting.

Informal. to take a potshot; shoot.

Idioms

    go to pot, to become ruined; deteriorate: With no one to care for it, the lovely old garden went to pot.
    sweeten the pot. sweeten(def 8).

Origin of pot

1
1150–1200; Middle English pott (see potter1); cognate with Dutch, Low German pot (perhaps > French pot)

Related forms

pot·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for go to pot (1 of 4)

pot

1
/ (pɒt) /

noun


verb pots, potting or potted (mainly tr)

See also pot on

Word Origin for pot

Late Old English pott, from Medieval Latin pottus (unattested), perhaps from Latin pōtus a drink; compare Middle Low German pot, Old Norse pottr

British Dictionary definitions for go to pot (2 of 4)

pot

2
/ (pɒt) /

noun

  1. Scot and Northern English dialect a deep hole or pothole
  2. (capital when part of a name)Pen-y-Ghent Pot

Word Origin for pot

C14: perhaps identical with pot 1 but possibly of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dialect putt water hole, pit

British Dictionary definitions for go to pot (3 of 4)

pot

3
/ (pɒt) /

noun

slang cannabis used as a drug in any form, such as leaves (marijuana or hemp) or resin (hashish)

Word Origin for pot

C20: perhaps shortened from Mexican Indian potiguaya

British Dictionary definitions for go to pot (4 of 4)

pot

4
/ (pɒt) /

noun

informal short for potentiometer

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Culture definitions for go to pot

go to pot

To decline or deteriorate: “Since most of the businesses moved out to the suburbs, my old neighborhood has really gone to pot.”


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Idioms and Phrases with go to pot (1 of 2)

go to pot

Also, go to the dogs. Deteriorate, decline; come to a bad end. For example, My lawn has gone to pot during the drought, or The city schools are going to the dogs. The first of these colloquial expressions dates from the late 1500s and alludes to inferior pieces of meat being cut up for the stewpot. The second, from the 1600s, alludes to the traditional view of dogs as inferior creatures. Also see rack and ruin; run to seed.


Idioms and Phrases with go to pot (2 of 2)

pot

In addition to the idiom beginning with pot

  • pot calling the kettle black, the

also see:

  • fish or cut bait (shit or get off the pot)
  • go to pot
  • hit the jackpot
  • sweeten the kitty (pot)
  • take potluck
  • tempest in a teapot
  • watched pot never boils

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