Definition of go to the dogs in English:

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go to the dogs

informal Deteriorate shockingly: the country is going to the dogs
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  • When the factories closed, everything went to the dogs.
  • Law and order went to the dogs after the Whitlam social experiments of excessive welfare, booming populations of single mothers, poor discipline in schools.
  • Everybody had to run hard to keep up the real level of their own earnings, while the country went to the dogs.
deteriorate, be in decline, degenerate, decay;
collapse, slump, slip, slide, go downhill, go backwards, go to rack and ruin, stagnate, wane, ebb
informal go to pot, hit the skids, go down the toilet, go down the tubes
Australian/New Zealand informal go to the pack
rare retrograde
See parent entry: dog
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