to gradually die (literally or figuratively)
When Dan started telling the girl at the bar that he lived in a barn with 3 sheep, 2 horses, and his parents, his chances of beating it up that night started circling the drain.
by Nick D September 25, 2003
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To meander, undirected towards an inevitable destination.
The conference call began with the usual decorum. However, after the first agenda item was introduced, the team began to circle the drain and wasted the entire hour and $1500 telecommunication fees, debating the necessity of the Risk Management Department.
by CW November 25, 2003
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"A service economy that doesn't produce anything will circle the drain until it has spent all of it's savings (wealth)."
A productive economy produces wealth because they have something to sell that the rest of the world wants. When a country no longer produces anything, and simply spends money feeding one-another at fast food places, buying foriegn oil and toys, they are only spending savings until it's all gone and the economy will circle the drain. Spending money on bullets doesn't help either, but mostly a failing economy can be characterized by asking if any money is flowing into the country. If the answer is no, down we go.
by J. D. Short November 03, 2007
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adj. still alive, but about to kick the bucket, buy the farm, meet your maker, etc.
Grandpa was circling the drain for years, and finally bought the farm, leaving a large estate.
by fizzle April 10, 2004
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Term used in medical circles to describe a patient for whom death is impending and yet continues to cling to life
"Mrs. Robinson in room 203 has been circling the drain all week.. damn man, we really need the room!"
by Mister Defino December 11, 2004
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When you are unsure if your partner is ok with sticking your figure in their butt, so you just circle around before you stick it in.
Yeah man, I was circling the drain until she said, "you can knock at the door, but you can't go in."
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A sick music blog ran by the raddest of people.
Bitch #1 : Hey, I really need some new music, Im tired of listening to the same "Kill Yourself" Screamo bands.

Bitch #2: You should check out Circling The Drain, they post the raddest of rad, including gnar "Kill Yourself" screamo music.

Bitch #1 : Thanks, Im going to go masturbate to all the posters last.fm pictures.
by Livin and Killin August 17, 2010
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