make a pig's ear of

make a pig's ear of (something)

To do a very poor job of something; to screw something up completely. Primarily heard in UK. I'm going to need to start this table over again from scratch—I really made a pig's ear of it. Janet made a pig's ear of the Jefferson account, so I'm going to need you to come in at the weekend and put things in order.
See also: ear, make, of

make a pig's ear of

bungle; make a mess of. British informal
This probably developed with humorous reference to the phrase make a silk purse out of a sow's ear (see silk).
See also: ear, make, of
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He would have been better employed reaching for the Chambers dictionary, which confirms that 'to make a pig's ear of (something)' means 'to make a mess of something' or 'to do something badly or clumsily'.