Originally a euphemistic reference to pot in its chamber pot sense.
go to pot (third-person singular simple present goes to pot, present participle going to pot, simple past went to pot, past participle gone to pot)
- (figuratively) To decline or deteriorate.
- They haven't been maintaining it, and the downtown area has really gone to pot over the past 20 years.
- (archaic) go to hell an angry dismissal
- William Cullen Bryant
- At this moment the rabbit sprang from his arms and disappeared among the brush wood. "Go to pot," said the man, "you are a good-for-nothing dry-meated beast, to make the best of you."