1No longer working or likely to be useful or successful.
faulty, damaged, broken, defective, unsoundView synonyms
- ‘his petrol gauge is up the spout’
- ‘Now, with the roads clogged, the trains up the spout and hot desking presenting a daily strain of competing for your actual workstation, the thought of staying at home to work has never been more appealing.’
- ‘Of course, the alternative is that the authorities turn a blind eye to drug use in brothels, and then your whole criminal justice system goes up the spout.’
- ‘By the time you have eventually caught one, appointments in town have been missed and one's careful planning for the day has gone up the spout.’
- ‘The internet access at work was up the spout almost all day.’
- ‘Plan A went up the spout in eight minutes with Jason Price's seventh goal in six games since joining from Brentford, who thought he was a defender.’
- ‘Some of them are half way through their course and their qualifications will go up the spout.’
- ‘Indeed, right now, there are tens of thousands of people unable to indulge in a little online flirting - and all because MSN's service is up the spout.’
- ‘The publisher's ability to fill those orders is up the spout - they're having to ship directly from printer to bookshop.’
2(of a woman) pregnant.
pregnant, expecting a baby, having a baby, with a baby on the way, having a child, expectant, carrying a childView synonyms
- ‘‘I'm up the spout so you'd better hike child benefit,’ were not the words used, which is a pity as it would have livened things up a little.’
- ‘I hear Daly is now up the spout through her unholy union with Kaye.’
- ‘Turn again to this lot, and their sympathetic reaction to some self-proclaimed religious freak who has been put up the spout out of wedlock.’
3(of a bullet or cartridge) in the barrel of a gun and ready to be fired.
- ‘Fully loaded with its seven-round magazine, plus one up the spout, the P - 32 weighs a feathery 9.4 ounces, yet packs respectable firepower that can be unleashed with a pull of its DAO trigger.’
- ‘There's a full mag and empty chamber, and I recommend one up the spout until we cross the river.’
- ‘Any time an armed officer perceived sufficient danger to draw the gun, he or she would chamber a round if there wasn't one up the spout already.’
- ‘And keep the safety catch off and a round up the spout.’
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