down the flush

adv
ruined, abandoned, beyond hope. These are racier versions of 'down the drain', 'down the pan' or 'down the toilet', heard in the USA since the late 1970s and in Britain since the early 1980s. 'Bright enough to realise he is going down the tubes, he is still drawn to a prodigal self-destruction.' (Sunday Times, 26 July 1987)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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