go to pot

Slang Dictionary

pot definition


  1. n.
    a toilet. (Usually with the.) : Jimmy's on the pot, Mommy.
  2. n.
    a drinking vessel. (Old but still heard.) : How about a pot of beer?
  3. in.
    to drink heavily; to use a pot(sense 2) to excess. : Let's sit here and pot for a while.
  4. n.
    a vessel, hat, basket, etc., used to collect or receive contributions. : Please pass the pot.
  5. n.
    a sum of money collected; a pool of money. : How large is the pot this month?
  6. n.
    cannabis; marijuana. (Originally drugs, now widely known.) : The cops found pot growing next to city hall.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases

go to pot

Also, go to the dogs. Deteriorate, decline; come to a bad end. For example, My lawn has gone to pot during the drought, or The city schools are going to the dogs. The first of these colloquial expressions dates from the late 1500s and alludes to inferior pieces of meat being cut up for the stewpot. The second, from the 1600s, alludes to the traditional view of dogs as inferior creatures. Also see rack and ruin; run to seed.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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