Meaning of “go to the dogs” in the English Dictionary

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"go to the dogs" in British English

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go to the dogs

If a country or organization is going to the dogs, it is becoming very much less successful than it was in the past.

(Definition of “go to the dogs” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"go to the dogs" in American English

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go to the dogs

to become much worse in quality or character:

After Joe retired, the business went to the dogs.

(Definition of “go to the dogs” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)