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a dog's breakfast

A mess. I really need to clean out my closet—it's starting to look like a dog's breakfast in there.
See also: breakfast

a dog's breakfast

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a dog's dinner

BRITISH
If you call something a dog's breakfast or a dog's dinner, you mean that it is badly organized or very untidy. He labelled the Government's plans `a complete dog's breakfast'. Now she's having to watch as those whom she grew up with in politics are in Cabinet and making a dog's breakfast of it. The whole place was a bit of a dog's dinner, really.
See also: breakfast

a dog’s ˈbreakfast/ˈdinner

(British English, informal) a very untidy piece of work; a mess: Don’t ask Julie to help you with the decorating — she made a complete dog’s breakfast of painting the kitchen!
See also: breakfast, dinner
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The work permit issue is a bit of a dog's breakfast and the may have been that some players were given work permits in the past who shouldn't have been.
It is obvious that New Labour has made a dog's breakfast of running the health service.
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A dog's breakfast that has left the Cardiff team lacking financial investment and adequate playing resources.
So the man from Pedigree Chum via the Football Association has pocketed pounds 500,000-a-year plus six-figure annual bonuses for firing thousands and making a dog's breakfast of what used to be the finest postal service in the world.
But not even Trout could make sense of this dog's breakfast.
In the end they ended up folding each letter three times and it looked like a dog's breakfast.
Independence Day'' is a dog's breakfast of movie homages.
Clr Peter McBride has described the government's devolution deal as a dog's breakfast but it looks like is could end up being a dog's dinner as well.
They got the QPR part of the forecast right in a big way but look what a dog's breakfast the Strachan era turned out to be.
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish said: "Their third goal was a dog's breakfast of a goal.
Mice given both booze and caffeine were more perky but they still made a dog's breakfast of avoiding unpleasant shocks.
She just got up and ate my other dog's breakfast," the Daily Tetelgraph quoted Abbey as having told the Metro newspaper.
But Alan Simpson, of Wallsend, is not such a fan, and writes: "What an absolute dog's breakfast.
SOMETIMES I start this column confidently with a great idea and end up with a dog's breakfast.