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.
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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.
Young voters will lead the march that organisers say will be more than 100,000-strong and will culminate in a rally where exit plans are branded a "dog's dinner".
Check out for some other examples of rubbish grub served up looking like a dog's dinner.
THE public consultation into plans to boost leisure facilities in Stretford - including Gary Neville's controversial proposals to turn green belt land into training pitches - has been slammed as a 'dog's dinner' by a prominent councillor.
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.
PETS at Home is warning people not to make a dog's dinner of the festive season.
Rail experts have heavily criticised HS2, calling the project "out of control" and a "dog's dinner", while labelling parts of the line over-complicated and the plans to redevelop London's Euston station a "white elephant".
Never mind the Big Breakfast- more like a dog's dinner!
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