make a dog's dinner (of something)

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make a dog's dinner (of something)

To make a mess of or completely ruin something. I thought I could trust Jim to finish the business proposal, but he made a dog's dinner of the whole thing!
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This will not stop all those easily led loonies with more money than sense buying outlandish frocks that look less appetising than a dog's dinner.
FINAL VERDICT: Turns into a bit of a dog's dinner at times.
A DOG'S DINNER Fo Fo Fo Fo Fo Fox di di di di di di di di di dies es es es es es as Fox dies as hounds strike on main road
BASICALLY just a warmed-over Isuzu, the first generation Frontera was a complete dog's dinner with dire build quality, wheezy engines (especially the diesels) and Essex beautician image.
Breakfasts for horses may sound a dog's dinner of a business idea, so will the superb Hilary Devey (right) and her fellow judges say neigh or yay?
And there's a real dog's dinner at Rothay Garden Hotel (tel: 015394 35334) in the delightful Lake District setting of Grasmere.
HAPPY HYENAS: Number Ones (BDC) - Puppets from Popstars with a real dog's dinner.
When he started getting the dog's dinner in his pies he got a bit crusty about the strange flavour and all the chewy bits in the meat.
THE previous Government made a dog's dinner of the economy and now our greyhounds could actually end up as dog dinners in China.
TROUBLE & STRIFE Tanya DOG'S DINNER Kat Moon's tacky outfit PINKY UNPERKY Glum Greg, right, and his best man Ian GRAN OUT Lydia and Co attend
TROUBLE & STRIFE Tanya DOG'S DINNER Kat Moon's tacky outfit GRAN OUT Lydia and Co attend PINKY UNPERKY Glum Greg, right, and his best man Ian
CLOSE your eyes and you can just about believe that Rachel Leigh Cook, above, is a dog's dinner.
HOLLYWOOD star Sharon Stone steps out dressed to the nines - but her charity Christmas tree looks more like a dog's dinner.