SE in slang uses
1. a state of failure.
|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’.|
|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.|
|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.
|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.|
|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’.|
|(con. c.1840) Huckleberry Finn 237: He give me down the banks for not coming and telling him.|
|Eng. As We Speak It In Ireland.|
|(con. 1940s) Death of an Irish Town 31: I was standing there idly listening to the Chairman giving it down the banks to Fianna Fail.|
|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].|
|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.|
see down the chute under chute n.
(Aus.) used of something that has not worked out.
|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.|
|Canberra Times 5 July 23/2: [J]ournalists and others who say that Canberra is going down the gurgler.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Bulletin 108 72: Recalling this period recently a minister agreed that ‘there was a feeling that we were going down the gurgler’.|
|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.’.|
|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.’.|
|Llama Parlour 112: Things had just gone right down the gurgler.|
|Re-Making Teaching 185: If you don’t have strategies available for the things which might occur, then you’re down the gurgler.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
|Narrow Road to Deep North 200: That’s our four-a-side crib competition down the gurgler, Sheephead Morton said.|
wasted, lost, ruined; often as go down the pan.
|None But the Lonely Heart 87: Down the pan, He was, proper in the dirt.|
|Bitten by the Tarantula (2005) 205: Christ almighty, another couple o’ nicker down the pan.‘The Dark Diceman’ in|
|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.|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 232: Now his credibility’s down the crapper, they’ll haul his arse back to Fleet Street.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 111: But everything went down the crapper about three o’clock one morning.|
|Echo 163: Oh great! So our reputations go down the pan while you come out smelling of roses.|
|Lucky You 65: Fourteen million dollars down the shitter. [Ibid.] 325: It’s all down the crapper now.|
|Powder 33: Keva’s sole obsession was the band, the band, the band – and even that was going down the pan.|
|Guardian 18 Feb. 21: In one’s private life things may be going up the pan or down the chute.|
|Pulp Ink 2 [ebook] Another little hope right down the crapper.‘Indebted’ in C. Rhatigan and N. Bird (eds)|
|The Force [ebook] ‘One wrong play and the rest of your life is down the shitter’.|