- To or into the condition of being wasted or lost:
All of our best laid plans are down the drain.
- lost in a wasteful, heedless way
Other Word Forms of Drain
Origin of Drain
Middle English dreinen (verb) from Old English drēahnian (“to drain, strain, filter”), from Proto-Germanic *draug- (“dry”), akin to Old English drūgian (“to dry up”), drūgaþ (“dryness, drought”), Old English drȳge (“dry”). More at dry
Middle English dreinen to strain, drain from Old English drēahnian
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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