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English definition of “go down the pan”

go down the pan

slang
to fail or to be lost or destroyed: We don't want to see our business go down the pan.Failing and doing badly
(Definition of go down the pan from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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