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    Default idiom for "things aren't working"

    I need an idiom for "things are not working" as in, things are not the way I wanted them to be.
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    Default Re: idiom for "things aren't working"

    Welcome to the forum, drw1.

    Why do you need an idiom?
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    Default Re: idiom for "things aren't working"

    sorry, I meant idiomatic phrase

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    Default Re: idiom for "things aren't working"

    Well, "Things aren't working ((out) for me) is fairly idiomatic.
    "Things aren't working out as I had expected."
    "Things have gone pear-shaped."
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    Default Re: idiom for "things aren't working"

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    Things are going sideways.
    Things are going south.
    Nothing is going my way.

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