dog's breakfast


dog's breakfast
noun
a poor job; a mess
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they made a real dog's breakfast of that job

Syn: ↑dog's dinner
Hypernyms:
fix, ↑hole, ↑jam, ↑mess, ↑muddle, ↑pickle, ↑kettle of fish

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Chiefly Canadian Slang.
a disorderly mixture; hodgepodge.
[1935-40]

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dog's breakfast or dog's dinner noun (informal)
Anything very untidy or badly done
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Main Entry:dog

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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