down the pan

Definition of down the pan

British, informal

  1. 1 —used to describe something that is being wasted or lost It's just money down the pan. All my hard work went down the pan.

  2. 2 —used to describe something that is getting much worse The business is going down the pan.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  toward or in a lower physical position

    :  to a lying or sitting position

    :  toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

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

  1. :  to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as

    :  to cause to fall by or as if by shooting :  bring down

    :  consume

  1. :  occupying a low position

    :  lying on the ground

    :  directed or going downward

  1. :  descent, depression

    :  an instance of putting down (see 1down) (as an opponent in wrestling)

    :  a complete play to advance the ball

  1. :  an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

    :  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

  1. :  a usually broad, shallow, and open container for domestic use (as for cooking)

    :  any of various similar usually metal receptacles: such as

    :  the hollow part of the lock in a firelock or flintlock gun that receives the priming

  1. :  to wash in a pan for the purpose of separating heavy particles

    :  to separate (as gold) by panning

    :  to place in a pan

  1. :  a betel leaf

    :  a masticatory of betel nut, mineral lime, and pan

  1. :  the process of panning a motion-picture or video camera

    :  a shot in which the camera is panned

  1. :  to rotate (as a motion-picture camera) so as to keep an object in the picture or secure a panoramic effect

    :  to pan a motion-picture or video camera

    :  to undergo panning

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