To go to pot

Related to To go to pot: gone to pot, Pot of Gold
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Is the world to go to pot, or am I to go without my tea?
Victory on his home Old Trafford turf would secure the Ashes for a third successive series, but as soon as the Ashes becomes tangible England tend to go to pot. At Headingley in 2009, England were dreaming of open top bus parades when they were mugged by an innings.