go down/in the toilet, to become worthless or profitless; be doomed: The team's entire season went down the toilet.
Also toilette (for defs 6, 8).

Origin of toilet

1530–40; < French toilette small cloth, doily, dressing table, equivalent to toile toil2 + -ette -et
Can be confusedtoilet toilette Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for toilet

Contemporary Examples of toilet

Historical Examples of toilet

  • In your husband's box, ammunition takes the place of toilet articles.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • After that he went quietly about the usual business of his toilet.

  • But Alice, progressing with her toilet, appeared to be little concerned.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Speak not with unseemly levity of the mysteries of the toilet,' he cried.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • With these words he turned to the glass again, and went on with his toilet.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for toilet



another word for lavatory
old-fashioned the act of dressing and preparing oneselfto make one's toilet
old-fashioned a dressing table or the articles used when making one's toilet
rare costume
the cleansing of a wound, etc, after an operation or childbirth

Word Origin for toilet

C16: from French toilette dress, from toile
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for toilet

1530s, "cover or bag for clothes," from Middle French toilette "a cloth, bag for clothes," diminutive of toile "cloth, net" (see toil (n.2)). Sense evolution is to "act or process of dressing" (1680s); then "a dressing room" (1819), especially one with a lavatory attached; then "lavatory or porcelain plumbing fixture" (1895), an American euphemistic use. Toilet paper is attested from 1884 (the Middle English equivalent was arse-wisp). Toilet training is recorded from 1940.

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