dog's dinner

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dog's breakfast, dog's dinner - Meaning a mess or muddle, a dog's breakfast or dog's dinner originally may have referred to a cooking mishap with results fit only for a dog's consumption.
See also related terms for mess.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:'s dinner - a poor job; a mess; "they made a real dog's breakfast of that job"
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
kettle of fish, fix, jam, mess, muddle, pickle, hole - informal terms for a difficult situation; "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage"
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He slept in a stable--generally on horseback--and so terrified a Newfoundland dog by his preternatural sagacity, that he has been known, by the mere superiority of his genius, to walk off unmolested with the dog's dinner, from before his face.
Ross Devine added: "Made a dog's dinner of that decision, that's for sure.
And the world-class scrum-half vows that Joe Schmidt's men won't make a dog's dinner of their Twickenham mission after learning they were champions while eating last Saturday evening.
PETS at Home is warning people not to make a dog's dinner of the festive season.
The only thing I would grant our useless MPs is that the law they created is a dog's dinner and could be made far clearer and easier to apply.
Just be careful not to have one too many before the show, Ant, or it'll be more dog's dinner than Saturday Night Takeaway.
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For more on how food affects your dog's behaviour read The Dog's Dinner by Val Strong.
PEOPLE in Birmingham spend more money on a dog's dinner than one in five people around the world live on.
A FIVE-star dog's dinner that includes cooked-toorder Kobe beef and filet mignon steak is being served by a pet-friendly hotel chain this Christmas.
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