What are some of the idioms you guys use to say that things were good for a period of time, and then they started going bad?

There are few idioms I know, but I would like to learn new ones. Here they are:

  1. To go south

Things really started going south after he quit his job.

  1. To go bad

Everything went really bad at the company after his passing.

  1. To go downhill

Our relationship went completely downhill after I found out that he was cheating on me.

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    As a reminder, Stack Exchange is designed to attract definitive answers; requests for open-ended lists of suggestions are not well-suited to the format, because there is no one "right" answer. You already know several common expressions; have you tried entering them into a thesaurus? – choster Jun 6 at 14:30
  • Not yet. I'll keep that in mind for next time. – Kaique Jun 6 at 14:32

Things went to pot.


Interestingly, this originates from when food was scarce, people would leave the bones, fat and undesirable portions behind after eating their meal. These second-rate items would be used for soup the next day, so as such, the poor-quality leftovers would "go to pot".

Things went to sh*t.

Obviously the latter being slightly ruder!

South and Downhill are also both suitable alternatives.

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    Also, things went pear-shaped. – Davo Jun 6 at 14:38
  • OOO I like it! Good thought. – Bee Jun 6 at 14:43

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