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.
PEOPLE in Birmingham spend more money on a dog's dinner than one in five people around the world live on.
For more on how food affects your dog's behaviour read The Dog's Dinner by Val Strong.
Ruff cut: Pudsey's film is a dog's dinner | Ruff cut: Pudsey's film is a dog's dinner Viewers of Simon Cowell''s talent search will be well versed in Pudsey''s Viewers of Simon Cowell''s talent search will be well versed in Pudsey''s ability to perform acrobatic feats with guidance from trainer Ashleigh Butler.
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.
It was a dog's dinner presumably meant to demonstrate that in the early 1900S artists of several nationalities working in several styles were living in Paris.
One tells of celebrity Ioudmouth Gordon Ramsay making a dog's dinner of PR by belittling his chocolates range, which includes a Just Desserts product, while the other talks about, well, a dog's dinner of another kind, this time from Town & Country Petfoods.
But SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson said: "Des Browne's departure shows just how much of a dog's dinner Gordon Brown has made of his reshuffle.
11) is right to describe the interim proposals of the Parliamentary boundary as a dog's dinner, but falls short in the letter explaining what a farce is presented to us.
After all, if you had paid the equivalent of the Greek national debt for a seat only to witness a dog's dinner you, too, might be pretty upset" Actor Michael Simkins on the booing at the first night of Dvorak's Rusalka this week "Boardroom Brady believes absolutely that in business and in the boardroom cool and calm always trumps an adversary in full cry.
Hughes was the first jockey to expose the stupidity of the original whip rule changes, a dog's dinner cooked up by the same brotherhood that has now imposed this strangely disproportionate ban.