go to the dogs (third-person singular simple present goes to the dogs, present participle going to the dogs, simple past went to the dogs, past participle gone to the dogs)
- (idiomatic, informal) To decline or deteriorate.
- After three years without maintenance, their yard has really gone to the dogs.
- 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 50
- I suppose there was some kink in Abraham. Poor devil, he's gone to the dogs altogether. He's got some twopenny-halfpenny job in the medical at Alexandria—sanitary officer or something like that.
informal: to decline or deteriorate