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couldn't organize a piss-up in a brewery

  (British & Australian very informal!)
if someone couldn't organize a piss-up in a brewery, they are very bad at organizing things
Usage notes: A piss-up is a social occasion where everyone drinks a lot of alcohol, and a brewery is a place where beer is made.
For god's sake don't ask Martin to make the arrangements. He couldn't organize a piss-up in a brewery.
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But the men that land big will be them that stake the town sites, organize the tradin' companies, start the banks--"
Like hundreds of thousands of others, I have worked in other fields, striving to organize the mass of mankind into movements for the purpose of ameliorating its own wretchedness and misery.
To pay a man a thousand francs a year and demand his whole time was surely to organize theft and poverty.
Many efforts were made during this period to organize the perishing farmer class into a political party, the aim of which was destroy the trusts and corporations by drastic legislation.
We did try to organize, but independent dairymen always broke through us.
Well, Miss Stacy wants to organize a class among her advanced students who mean to study for the entrance examination into Queen's.
What we did was to organize a central guard- house in the middle of the fort, and to leave each gate under the charge of one white man and two or three natives.
For a dozen years before, it should be added, his inexhaustible energy had found further occupation in connection with a troop of horse which he had helped to organize on the threat of a French invasion and of which he acted as quartermaster, training in barracks, and at times drilling for hours before breakfast.
He was totally unable to organize anything, to promote any sort of enterprise if it were only for the purpose of juggling with the shares.
If we will not be mar-plots with our miserable interferences, the work, the society, letters, arts, science, religion of men would go on far better than now, and the heaven predicted from the beginning of the world, and still predicted from the bottom of the heart, would organize itself, as do now the rose and the air and the sun.
But if once one allows the possibility of making of all the past a tabula rasa--no property, no family-- then labor would organize itself.
You don't want to organize anything; it's simply just as you've been all your life, that you want to be original to pose as not exploiting the peasants simply, but with some idea in view.
And this was all one knew of Reuben Rosenthall up to the time when the Old Bohemian Club, having fallen on evil days, found it worth its while to organize a great dinner in honor of so wealthy an exponent of the club's principles.
Instead of using a set of rigid rules to compose these photographs, I simplify and organize them by using repeating and contrasting patterns and rhythms to communicate certain feelings or thoughts: diagonal thrusts that dynamically pull the eye through the image, off-center placement to avoid static imagery, variations in scale that create the illusion of depth, and leading lines that draw us to the most significant point in the image.
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