up the spout

Definition of up the spout

British, informal

  1. —used to describe something that has completely failed, been ruined, etc. The economy's up the spout. His marriage is going up the spout.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

  1. :  to eject (as liquid) in a stream

    :  to speak or utter readily, volubly, and at length

    :  to speak or utter in a pompous or oratorical manner :  declaim

  1. :  a pipe or conductor through which a liquid is discharged or conveyed in a stream: such as

    :  a pipe for carrying rainwater from a roof

    :  a projecting tube or lip from which a liquid (as water) issues

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