go down the toilet

toilet

[toi-lit]
noun
1.
a bathroom fixture consisting of a bowl, usually with a detachable, hinged seat and lid, and a device for flushing with water, used for defecation and urination.
2.
a lavatory.
3.
a bathroom.
5.
a dressing room, especially one containing a bath.
6.
the act or process of dressing or grooming oneself, including bathing and arranging the hair: to make one's toilet; busy at her toilet.
8.
the dress or costume of a person; any particular costume: toilet of white silk.
9.
Surgery. the cleansing of a part after childbirth or a wound after an operation.
10.
Archaic. dressing table.
Idioms
11.
go down/in the toilet, to become worthless or profitless; be doomed: The team's entire season went down the toilet.
Also, toilette (for defs 6, 8).


Origin:
1530–40; < French toilette small cloth, doily, dressing table, equivalent to toile toil2 + -ette -et

toilet, toilette.
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toilet (ˈtɔɪlɪt)
 
n
1.  another word for lavatory
2.  old-fashioned the act of dressing and preparing oneself: to make one's toilet
3.  old-fashioned a dressing table or the articles used when making one's toilet
4.  rare costume
5.  the cleansing of a wound, etc, after an operation or childbirth
 
[C16: from French toilette dress, from toile]

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toilet
1540, "cover or bag for clothes," from M.Fr. toilette "a cloth, bag for clothes," dim. of toile "cloth, net" (see toil (2)). Sense evolution is to "act or process of dressing" (1681); then "a dressing room" (1819), especially one with a lavatory attached; then "lavatory or
porcelain plumbing fixture" (1895), an Amer.Eng. euphemistic use. Toilet paper is attested from 1884. Toilet training is recorded from 1940.
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