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English definition of “down the drain”

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down the drain

informal
If money or work goes down the drain, it is wasted: If you leave the course now, all your hard work will go down the drain.Wasting
Translations of “down the drain”
in Chinese (Traditional) 付諸東流,打水漂…
in Russian быть впустую, коту под хвост…
in Turkish boşa gitmek, heba olmak, çar çur etmek/edilmek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 打水漂,付诸东流…
in Polish na marne…
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