down the drain Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “down the drain” in the English Dictionary

"down the drain" in British English

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down the drain

(Australian English also down the gurgler) informalC2 If ​work or ​money is or goes down the ​drain, it is ​spoiled or ​wasted: If the ​factorycloses, 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)
Translations of “down the drain”
in Chinese (Simplified) 打水漂,付诸东流…
in Turkish boşa gitmek, heba olmak, çar çur etmek/edilmek…
in Russian быть впустую, коту под хвост…
in Chinese (Traditional) 付諸東流,打水漂…
in Polish na marne…
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