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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I was very content being a minister of defence in my age, but that idiot Morsi screwed the pooch so badly by trying to entice my subordinates to replace me, that they informed me that I needed to either remove Morsi or they would have both of us removed.
My thoughts of, crap--I screwed the pooch, were almost instantly reinforced by a riding crop making solid contact with the top of my steel pot helmet closely followed by the DI grabbing my weapon and the words, "Private Douglas, what the hell do you think you're doing?
OK, we screwed the pooch with our fashion spread featuring DykeTees.
I can--and will--harass all kindsa hunters an' shooters, 'cause they can hardly make doofus mistakes I haven't already screwed the pooch on myself.
I'm not sure if it was the white pants, the lack of sleep, or just the jinx of being the man everyone thought would win, but Billy pretty much screwed the pooch.
thinking I had screwed the pooch and had inflated inside the aircraft.