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down the drain

Definition of down the drain

informal

  1. 1 —used to describe something that is being wasted or lost <All my hard work went down the drain.> <You're pouring your money down the drain.>

  2. 2 —used to describe something that is getting much worse <The public schools are going down the drain.>



Word by Word Definitions

downplay
  1. :  toward or in a lower physical position

    :  to a lying or sitting position

    :  toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. :  down along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. : :  to cause to go or come down: as

    :  bring down

    :  consume

  1. :  occupying a low position

    :  lying on the ground

    :  directed or going downward

  1. :  descent, depression

    :  an instance of putting down

    :  a complete play to advance the ball in football

  1. :  a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. :  a covering of soft fluffy feathers

    :  these feathers

    :  something soft and fluffy like down

drainplay
  1. :  filter

    :  to draw off (liquid) gradually or completely

    :  to cause the gradual disappearance of

  1. :  a means (as a pipe) by which usually liquid matter is drained

    :  the act of draining

    :  a gradual outflow or withdrawal :  depletion


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