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    go down the plughole/ dwindle/ totter/ wobble/ fell flat

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentence?

    People's jobs are going down the plughole, incomes are dwindling, financial institutions are tottering and some banks are not only wobbling but are actually falling flat on their face.

    go down the plughole = if a plan or work goes down the plughole, it fails or is wasted

    dwindle = become smaller or lose substance

    totter = move without being stable, as if threatening to fall

    wobble = move unsteadily

    fell flat = to fail miserably when attempting to achieve a result.

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Re: go down the plughole/ dwindle/ totter/ wobble/ fell flat

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentence?

    People's jobs are going down the plughole, incomes are dwindling, financial institutions are tottering and some banks are not only wobbling but are actually falling flat on their face.

    go down the plughole = if a plan or work goes down the plughole, it fails or is wasted

    dwindle = become smaller or lose substance

    totter = move without being stable, as if threatening to fall

    wobble = move unsteadily

    fell flat = to fail miserably when attempting to achieve a result.

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    All correct.

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