go down the drain
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go down the drain(
go
 
daun
 
thuh
 
dreyn
)
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiom) (to be wasted)
a. irse a la basura
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiom)
The business plan failed. All that money went down the drain.El plan de negocios falló. Todo ese dinero se fue a la basura.
b. irse por el desagüe
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiom)
My computer crashed before I could save the essay. I'm afraid all my writing went down the drain.Mi computadora falló antes de que pudiera guardar el trabajo. Temo que todo lo que escribí se haya ido por el desagüe.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiom) (to be ruined)
a. irse a la ruina
Our plans to hike the Appalachian Trail went down the drain when I broke my leg.Nuestros planes de caminar el Sendero de los Apalaches se fueron a la ruina cuando me rompí la pierna.
b. irse al garete
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
My job satisfaction went down the drain when the new boss came.Mi satisfacción en el trabajo se fue al garete cuando vino el nuevo jefe.
c. irse al traste
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
My attempts to convince them that it wasn't a good idea went down the drain.Mis intentos de convencerlos de que no era buena ida se fueron al traste.
3. (to go down the drainpipe)
a. irse por el desagüe
I took off my wedding ring while washing dishes and it went down the drain.Quité mi anillo de matrimonio mientras lavaba los platos y se fue por el desagüe.
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