Meaning of “down the drain” in the English Dictionary

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"down the drain" in British English

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down the drain

Australian English also down the gurgler informal

C2 If work or money is or goes down the drain, it is spoiled or wasted:

If the factory closes, that will be a million dollars' worth of investment down the drain.

(Definition of “down the drain” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"down the drain" in American English

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down the drain

also down the toilet

wasted or lost:

I can’t believe it’s broken already – well, there’s seventy bucks down the drain.

(Definition of “down the drain” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)