Below are the images of the definition of gutter on Google, which is a trough on the edge of a roof. However, in the phrase 'throw money in the gutter', I imagine gutter means something related to sewage.

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  • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_gutter
    – KillingTime
    Dec 12, 2021 at 0:32
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    @KillingTime That's an answer not a comment.
    – tchrist
    Dec 12, 2021 at 0:49
  • Hint: You don't go UP to have your "head/mind in the gutter" or to "spit in the gutter." Sewer is the right track.
    – DjinTonic
    Dec 12, 2021 at 1:15

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When something goes into a gutter, it eventually goes down the drain, rendering it irretrievable.

Bye, money!

gutter noun
1a : a trough along the eaves to catch and carry off rainwater
b : a low area (as at the edge of a street) to carry off surface water (as to a sewer)
c : a trough or groove to catch and direct something
Source: Merriam-Webster

It doesn’t much matter what kind of gutter or which drain. However, unless you’re a roof rat, you’re more likely to be engaging a metaphorical street gutter for your “throwdown”:

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the edge of a road where rain flows away

In older times, without trash collection and good plumbing, it would be a filthy place full of rubbish.

  • Just to confirm, the whole edge of the road (like in the pic) is called a gutter whereas the opening that water flows into is called a drain?
    – Ray
    Dec 13, 2021 at 0:27
  • Yes. The edge of the road is the gutter. Even if there isn't a drain.
    – Mary
    Dec 13, 2021 at 0:37

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