go down the tubes

idiom

informal
1
: to fail or become ruined
His health is going down the tubes.
2
: to be wasted or lost
All my hard work went down the tubes.

Examples of go down the tubes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The problem is that weak ties go down the tubes, and those are the most predictive thing for innovation. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, 14 Aug. 2023 Without adequate recovery—easy days, sleep, downtime—training adaptations go down the tubes. Outside Online, 22 July 2020 Telehealth to 'go down the tubes'? Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 4 July 2020

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“Go down the tubes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/go%20down%20the%20tubes. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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