go to pot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v go to pot become ruined "His business went to pot when economy soured"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Go to pot to go to ruin, originally said of old metal, to go into the melting-pot
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Quotations

  • Sir John A. Macdonald
    Sir John A. Macdonald
    “When fortune empties her chamber pot on your head, smile and say We are going to have a summer shower.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. pot, from the Celt., as Ir. pota, Gael. poit, W. pot.

Usage

In literature:

I will go after the boy and put him to his pots and pans again.
"King Arthur and His Knights" by Maude L. Radford
The women put a lamp on a red earthen pot and go to a tank or stream at night.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
Masters and I are going to dump this metal pot.
"The Whispering Spheres" by Russell Robert Winterbotham
Off with the jacket, and to the pot-house we'll go.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
And he could not go back, It was his duty to return with the beer-pot and the bottle.
"The Prussian Officer" by D. H. Lawrence
I'm going to Cuba, where I've heard of a pot of money in the Santiago hills.
"The Grain Ship" by Morgan Robertson
Mother Soren stood in front of the house, filling a brass pot with snow, which she was going to put on the fire to get drinking water.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
I'm going to have a fresh pot of coffee.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
No wonder things were going to pot, if this was a sample of E training.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
The flavor of corn begins to go the moment it is pulled from the stalk, also the moment it leaves the pot.
"Dwellers in Arcady" by Albert Bigelow Paine
And he told me there was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, waiting for the man bold enough to go after it.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
They go from house to house in all the villages mending the pots and pans, and often they steal whatever they can lay their hands on.
"The Irish Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
And I'm going to make a pot of good hot cocoa!
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
H. O. thought we might spend it on nice tinned and potted things from the stores, to make the plain living and high thinking go down better.
"Oswald Bastable and Others" by Edith Nesbit
His work, too, was going to pot; he could not stick to his figures.
"The Trimming of Goosie" by James Hopper
Actually, I should advise you, if you're going to stay here, to stir the pot a little now it's begun to boil so hard.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
But if that occurred, the sane half would go to pot.
"They Twinkled Like Jewels" by Philip José Farmer
In proportion as it turns to the Lord its God it'll live; and in proportion as it doesn't it'll go to pot.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
A whole foundation going to pot because I can't do anything more with it.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
It was almost as great and as rare a favour as if the queen were to go uninvited to share pot-luck with one of her subjects.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
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In poetry:

"Go thou, my maid," she said, "and bring
The pot of soft perfume
With which I wont to dress my hair,
'Tis in his lordship's room."
"A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
The pan, the pot, the household goods restore,
The houses, tenements, and ill-earn'd gains,
To them, to whom they did belong before;
Lest thou shou'dst go to everlasting pains.
"An Admonition To A Sick Person, To Make His Will In Time, And To Dispose Of His Effects In The Fear " by Rees Prichard
Be ye stockmen or no, to my story give ear.
Alas! for poor Jack, no more shall we hear
The crack of his stockwhip, his steed's lively trot,
His clear "Go ahead, boys," his jingling quart pot.
"The Stockman's Last Bed" by Anonymous Oceania
Now Mr. Boomer Johnson was a gettin' old in spots,
But you don't expect a bad man to go wrastlin' pans and pots;
But he'd done his share of killin' and his draw was gettin' slow,
So he quits a-punchin' cattle and he takes to punchin' dough.
"Boomer Johnson" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
I must go down to the shops again, for I would be counted still
With the kind ./.. of the free hand in this season of goodwill;
And all I ask is a stout heart to carry on undaunted
While we scour town for the salt-pot that we know Aunt Annie wanted.
"Yule Fever (With apologies to the King's Minstrel)" by C J Dennis
"'Enpecked!" 'e sez. An' then, "Ar, I dunno.
I wouldn't mind if I wus in yer place.
I've 'arf a mind to give cold tea a go -
It's no game, pourin' snake-juice in yer face.
But, lad, I 'ave to, wiv the thirst I got.
I'm goin' over now to stop a pot."
"War" by C J Dennis

In news:

This is Cotton Row chef James Boyce's simple go-to, one-pot dish for entertaining.
C)Pour 12oz beer into pot,(this is where you would add the Tabasco sauce, if you are going to use it) and stir with whisk until BBQ sauce is liquified.
Did CPS let building go to pot before 'turnaround.
High-minded Senate wannabe says country should go to pot .
High-minded Senate wannabe says country should go to pot.
Pick your hot-pot base (go both spicy and chicken, $8 each), then choose from a selection of proteins and veggies ($3 to $10 each), and dunk into the steaming broth until cooked.
So how many angry pot smokers (and how many of my libertarian-leaning blog trolls) are going to love this.
We're going to hear reaction now from the country where much of America's pot is grown, Mexico.
A kid could go to jail in Indonesia for buying pot.
Pot measure struggles as Wash. As marijuana legalization efforts in Colorado and Washington pick up steam, a similar push in Oregon seems to be going up in smoke.
It's a subject near and dear to my heart POTS is going away.
Our National Forests Going To Pot.
You might be allowed to smoke pot but you won't be able to get a biggie drink to go with your buzz.
ELKHORN — A 52-year-old Delavan man won't go to prison after police intercepted a package heading to his home with more than two pounds of pot in it.
If Initiative 502 passes, who's going to grow all the pot.
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In science:

The solution to perform this measurement is to install two sets of roman pot detectors on each side of ATLAS located at about 240 m from the interaction point, which can go close to the beam when the beam is stable.
Understanding the structure of the proton: From HERA and Tevatron to LHC
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