down the pan

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of down the pan

British, informal
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 used to describe something that is getting much worse
  • The business is going down the pan.

Word by Word Definitions

down play
  1. : toward or in a lower physical position

  2. : to a lying or sitting position

  3. : 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

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

  3. : consume

  1. : occupying a low position

  2. : directed or going downward

  3. : lower in price

  1. : descent, depression

  2. : an instance of putting down someone (such as an opponent in wrestling)

  3. : a complete play to advance the ball

  1. : an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

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

  1. : a covering of soft fluffy feathers

  2. : something soft and fluffy like down

  1. : down syndrome

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

  2. : any of various similar usually metal receptacles: such as

  3. : 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

  2. : to separate (a substance, such as gold) by panning

  3. : to place in a pan

  1. : a betel leaf

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

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

  2. : a shot in which the camera is panned

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

  2. : to pan a motion-picture or video camera

  3. : to undergo panning

  1. : a Greek god of pastures, flocks, and shepherds usually represented as having the legs, horns, and ears of a goat

  1. : all : completely

  2. : involving all of a (specified) group or region

  3. : advocating or involving the union of a (specified) group


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