[+house] canalisation f
[+house] les canalisations
→ the council will send an inspector to look over the place, check the drains and so on.
→ it needs mains water and drains
The drains are blocked. Les canalisations sont bouchées.
down the drain *
(=lost, wasted) jeté (e) par les fenêtres
→ That's another £20 down the drain.
to go down the drain *
(=be ruined) être anéanti (e)
→ Their public image was going down the drain.
→ Four years of his life had gone down the drain through injury.
[+town] canalisation f
→ council workers were laying drains on the A917 at Pitmilly, near St Andrews
(opening in roadside, covered by metal grid)
bouche f d'égout
→ He dropped his keys down the drain.
a drain on resources une ponction
→ They regard pensioners as a drain on resources.
a drain on one's funds une ponction
→ The banks face a large drain on their funds.
→ The drain on the party's finances will be substantial.
to be a drain on sth [+resources, funds] constituer une ponction dans qch, constituer une ponction sur qch
→ impoverished pensioners will be more of a drain on the NHS
[+land, marshes, mine] drainer, assécher
→ The marsh was drained by Henry VIII.
to drain water from sth [+land, mines] drainer qch
→ The tunnels drain the water from the mines.
→ Drain the chick peas and rinse them.
[+glass, cup] vider
→ Pamela drained her glass and refilled it.
[+drink] vider d'un trait
→ He drained what was left of his drink.
→ The week's emotional turmoil had drained me.
→ It took three hours to get to her job at Eastbourne - it was really beginning to drain her.
to feel drained (of energy, emotion)
être épuisé (e)
[water] s'écouler → All the water drains into the river.
n fuite f des cerveaux
→ We risk a major loss of talent to overseas jobs via a brain drain.
npl furet m
→ insert drain rods down the central pipe run and turn them