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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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That is the reason why 2,300 Peugeot jobs have gone down the tubes.
Anyway the moment of truth has arrived - and if they don't beat Chelsea today another season will have gone down the tubes.
Perhaps they were afraid that if auditioners chanced upon this disc in some store that somehow had Naxos discs available for audition before purchase (not a really likely scenario, unfortunately), the opening percussion sounds of the First may have been just plain too much for the average listener, and a sale may have gone down the tubes based on a bad first impression.
Not that television standards haven't also gone down the tubes - just not as far.
Had the insurance industry been federally regulated then like the banking industry, both sources of capital would have gone down the tubes.