pig's ear


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pig's ear

n
something that has been badly or clumsily done; a botched job (esp in the phrase make a pig's ear of (something))
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On a day to forget for Horne, he then made a pig's ear of a golden chance with Jones and Kinghorn running outside him.
Southgate is in charge for the next four games and the job looks his if he doesn't make a pig's ear of them.
So Red has to hatch a plan to save the eggs without making a pig's ear of it and before their goose is cooked.
G SNOWDON, Wallsend Joe DOGS come and go But we'll always remember you With your four white socks And your beanstalk eyes You licked our hands When we sat by your side And curling up in your bed With a pig's ear Your passing has left us With pain and sorrow So farewell old friend.
THE Late Late Show made a literal pig's ear of a segment about what goes into sausages when they used a pig's head in their studio.
Mind you, the Prime Minister's not the only one making a pig's ear of it.
You wouldn't trust the hapless former Scottish Secretary to make a pig's ear out of a pig's ear.
It seems to me in what is an affluent area many would-be Labour supporters are doing very well financially on the back of coalition policy, and the discontent they are propagating, through maybe a social conscience, are in fact issues already devolved and that Welsh Labour are making a pig's ear of.
If we go to the sales this autumn can we buy a pig in a poke, is a bird in the hand worth two in the bush or are we making a pig's ear of the whole thing?
I prepared my questions, rehearsed my delivery and still made a pig's ear of what passed for an interview.
Seeing as coal is being transported from Daw Mill by a German-owned rail freight company, DB Shenker, to a German-owned power station, Ratcliffe, it would seem the best solution would be for the Germans or Indians or Chinese to take over Daw Mill, buying it for a nominal pounds 1 instead of the pig's ear the present management is making trying to run this vitally important colliery.