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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.
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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