screw the pooch

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screw the pooch

vulgar slang To make a very serious, grievous, or irreversible mistake; to ruin something or cause something to fail due to such an error. I'm sorry, boss, I really screwed the pooch this time. Do you think we can get the clients back if I explain that it was all a misunderstanding because of me? This operation depends on you, so don't screw the pooch!
See also: pooch, screw
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For those of us not familiar with the slang term and title of this book, Screwing the Pooch, here are a few definitions: 1) to do something the wrong way, 2) to make a catastrophic error, and 3) to goldbrick--all negative behaviors, and it is this negative or dark side of life that these short stories have in common.
If you enjoyed short stories by Stephen King or Ambrose Bierce, you will enjoy Screwing the Pooch.