plughole

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plughole

[′pləg‚hōl]
(mining engineering)
A passageway left open while an old portion of a mine is sealed off, to help maintain normal ventilation; it is sealed when the work is finished.
A hole for an explosive charge or for a bolt.
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With the railways in a shambles, education going down the plughole, the NHS showing no signs of improvement regardless of how much taxpayers' money is thrown at it and immigration and asylum policy completely out of control, what is this government's priority?
Don't play online casino games: You may win at first but it will all drain away and will be followed by a lot more of your cash going down the plughole.
Barney O'Finnegan from Grangemouth said: "It is no wonder that Scottish football is going down the plughole.
These old toffs were so busy laughing that they didn't notice that their companies were going down the plughole.
These results come despite the economy going down the plughole on the watch of Messrs Cameron and Osborne.
I told them we were going down the plughole unless we did something.
A government source dismissed the accusation and added: "It was going down the plughole anyway.
First off, there's Elizabeth, whose idea for a vodka fruit drink looks like it's going down the plughole.
But I am as patriotic about my native country - Yorkshire - as the next man and it dismays me to see Leeds United going down the plughole and almost certainly into the third division (in old money).
The end result is that my members' jobs are going down the plughole and this Government isn't lifting a finger to help.
But poor Frank Dobson's campaign as official Labour candidate is going down the plughole, ably assisted by himself.