One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Fail utterly.‘the company went down the pan last year’
- ‘They are happy to spend bucket loads of cash on legal advice and consultants while one of the most important events in the district's calendar goes down the pan.’
- ‘Now that the grants system has, for the most part gone down the pan, students have to fund themselves by borrowing money.’
- ‘She said: ‘I had tried so hard to train her, but I was losing so much business and my reputation was going down the pan.’’
- ‘The company will be going down the pan in the near future.’
- ‘I'd been pretty bright at school, then suddenly I started going down the pan.’
- ‘I thought how sad it was to watch him let a perfectly good business go down the pan.’
- ‘When you cut frontline staff the services go down the pan.’
- ‘But six centuries of history went down the pan when council officers forgot to fill out the necessary forms to remain a city.’
- ‘His father was much older, an overweight, shopkeeper whose career was swiftly going down the pan, along with his marriage.’
- ‘Mind you if it was my product going down the pan, I'd be kicking up a fuss too.’
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