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a hollow cylindrical shape

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an electric railway operating below the surface of the ground (usually in a city)

provide with a tube or insert a tube into

convey in a tube

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ride or float on an inflated tube

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place or enclose in a tube

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Life for Harry the kitten is really going down the tubes.
In October 2002 The People revealed that band insiders felt that the group was going down the tubes.
The private companies involved in these schemes, in Liverpool's case Jarvis, are motivated by profit and it's tax payers money which is going down the tubes.
Businesses going down the tubes were also down, with eight per cent fewer companies shutting their doors compared to the same three month period last year.
African hunting--and a lot of other hunting worldwide--is going down the tubes, and who knows if it will be around in another 25 years.
In Lanark yesterday, one local said: "Cooper's shop is going down the tubes because nobody will go into it after what he stood trial for.
But the Catholic Church has stood up against so much of society that is going down the tubes -- like women pastors and abortion.
As Jim Wright was going down the tubes, for example, his lawyer actually lobbied a group of blue-chip lobbyists in a futile bid to keep the Speaker's job.
The industry is going down the tubes," he said, "but maybe it will get their attention - but it's not really very good news.
The #waste tax' - the percentage of your personal income taxes going down the tubes in Washington - is 34.