Synonyms of 'go to the dogs'
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deteriorateDictionary, degenerate, be in decline
The country is going to the dogs.
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If you say that someone or something degenerates, you mean that they become worse in some way, for example weaker, lower in quality, or more dangerous.
He degenerated into drug and alcohol abuse.
If something deteriorates, it becomes worse in some way.
There are fears that the situation may deteriorate.
Thesaurus for go to the dogs from the Collins English Thesaurus
to go to ruin physically or morally