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make a Horlicks of (something)

To ruin, bungle, or spoil something. Primarily heard in UK. I really made a Horlicks of that project at work—I'm going to get fired for sure! I'm afraid the accounting department made a complete Horlicks of these numbers. We'll need to tally the entire ledger again.
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make a Horlicks of

make a mess of. British informal
1988 Joanna Trollope The Choir He thought privately that they would make a fearful horlicks of running the choir.
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Mix the cocoa and Horlicks together in the bottom of your jar.
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The new products launched include Horlicks Snack Range from GlaxoSmithkline, one of the largest consumer healthcare companies in the world with a global presence, MTR Foods, India's fastest growing food and spices brand, and Parag Milk Foods, one the fastest growing Private Sector Dairy Companies in India with Brands like Govardhan.
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The Bahrain India Educational and Cultural Forum (BIECF) Horlicks Quest 2010 will see children aged 12 to 16 from schools across the country test their knowledge of a number of subjects.
GLAXOSMITHKLINE said yesterday that sales of its bedtime drink Horlicks powered ahead 18% in the first half of the year and helped to offset slumping demand for Lucozade.
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