Green’s Dictionary of Slang

down prep.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

down the banks (n.) [the steep banks found in peat bogs; those who fell off them rolled down into the deep, peaty water] (US/Irish)

1. a state of failure.

[Ire]Mayo Constitution 31 Oct. 4/4: ‘If I stoop,’ says he to himself, ‘I’ll lose the parpendicular, an’ dish, an’ gravy, an’ all ’ll get down the banks’.
[UK]N&Q 3 Ser. 8 Mar. 189/2: Can any read inform me of the origin of [...] ‘Down the banks.’ It is frequently heard in the South of Ireland [...] ‘I got down the banks for my pains,’ &c.
[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 116/2: Down the banks (Irish, colloquial). Failed ; e.g. ‘I got down the banks for my pains’.

2. a reprimand; thus give it/someone down the banks v., to scold.

[Ire]Westmeath Indep. 19 Jan. : The new arrival has the goodwill o’ the clargy — and as a matther o’ coorse, some o’ thim that have not ’ll be apt to get ‘down the banks’.
Connecticut Courant (Supp.) 8 Dec. 211/2: Take ’em up for interferin’ with other people’s business. Give ’em down the banks; send ’em up ninety days.
[UK]N&Q 3 Ser. 8 Mar. 189/2: Can any read inform me of the prigin of [...] ‘Down the banks.’ It is frequently heard in the South of Ireland, often in a threatening sense. ‘If he dares to do it he’ll get down the banks, I promise him’.
[US](con. c.1840) ‘Mark Twain’ Huckleberry Finn 237: He give me down the banks for not coming and telling him.
[Ire]P.W. Joyce Eng. As We Speak It In Ireland.
[UK](con. 1940s) J. Healy Death of an Irish Town 31: I was standing there idly listening to the Chairman giving it down the banks to Fianna Fail.
[Ire]coverage Ireland-Russia soccer match 27 March [RTÉ TV] We haven’t any interviews at the moment because Mick McCarthy is giving them down the banks in the dressing room [BS].
[UK]K. Sampson Outlaws (ms.) 105: I’m down there in the lobby with the others, arn’t I, giving this poor cunt of a night porter down the banks.
down the gurgler (also down the gurgle-hole) [SE gurgler, echoic nickname for plughole]

(Aus.) used of something that has not worked out.

[Aus]Canberra Times 4 Oct. 21/2: [T]hat compact lasted only as long as it takes to pull a chain before vanishing down the gurgle-hole of history.
[Aus]Canberra Times 5 July 23/2: [J]ournalists and others who say that Canberra is going down the gurgler.
[Aus]Canberra Times 14 May 2: [headline] Just how vulnerable is our brittle technological society? SUPPOSING WE DON’T GO DOWN THE ECONOMIC GURGLE-HOLE FIRST.
B. Sidney Discord within the Bar 113: I think the case is beyond all relief. I expect to be pushed down the gurgler well before the day is out.
[Aus]Bulletin 108 72: Recalling this period recently a minister agreed that ‘there was a feeling that we were going down the gurgler’.
[Aus]R. Beckett Dinkum Aussie Dict. 21: Down the drain: Things have turned out for the worse. The horse has lost the race and therefore one’s money is down the drain. Sometimes expressed as ‘down the gurgler.’.
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 53/2: gurgler plughole, often phr. down the gurgler ruined or lost; eg ‘There goes another bright idea down the gurgler.’.
[UK]K. Lette Llama Parlour 112: Things had just gone right down the gurgler.
Shacklock & Smyth Re-Making Teaching 185: If you don’t have strategies available for the things which might occur, then you’re down the gurgler.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].
R. Flanagan Narrow Road to Deep North 200: That’s our four-a-side crib competition down the gurgler, Sheephead Morton said.
down the pan (also down the chute, ...crapper, ...shitter, up the pan) [i.e. the lavatory pan /crapper n.1 (3)/shitter n.1 (4)]

wasted, lost, ruined; often as go down the pan.

[UK]R. Llewellyn None But the Lonely Heart 87: Down the pan, He was, proper in the dirt.
[UK]J. Maclaren-Ross ‘The Dark Diceman’ in Bitten by the Tarantula (2005) 205: Christ almighty, another couple o’ nicker down the pan.
R. Delgado Best Short Plays 88: You put doubt in the back of your mind, and eventually it eats its way to the front, and next thing you know your commitment goes right down the shitter.
[UK]F. Taylor Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 232: Now his credibility’s down the crapper, they’ll haul his arse back to Fleet Street.
[Can](con. 1920s) O.D. Brooks Legs 111: But everything went down the crapper about three o’clock one morning.
[UK]M. Walters Echo 163: Oh great! So our reputations go down the pan while you come out smelling of roses.
[US]C. Hiaasen Lucky You 65: Fourteen million dollars down the shitter. [Ibid.] 325: It’s all down the crapper now.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 33: Keva’s sole obsession was the band, the band, the band – and even that was going down the pan.
[UK]Guardian 18 Feb. 21: In one’s private life things may be going up the pan or down the chute.
[US]R.T. Brown ‘Indebted’ in C. Rhatigan and N. Bird (eds) Pulp Ink 2 [ebook] Another little hope right down the crapper.
[US]D. Winslow The Force [ebook] ‘One wrong play and the rest of your life is down the shitter’.