down the drain/tube


down the drain/tube
 Lost, wasted.
 ► “When the Interstate Commerce Commission decided against allowing a Southern Pacific (SP)– Santa Fe merger, SP was close to going down the drain.” (Railway Age, Nov. 1994, p. 22)

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