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make a dog's dinner (of something)

To make a mess of or completely ruin something. I thought I could trust Jim to finish the business proposal, but he made a dog's dinner of the whole thing!
See also: dinner, make
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For what it's worth, I thought the previous badge was a dog's dinner, cannot recall the Latin motto being on the shirts during some of Everton's finest years and believe there are far more pressing things for supporters to protest over.
That Olympic closing ceremony was a bit of a dog's dinner, wasn't it?
griffinboy1 Dog's dinner! Dogs should not be fed rubbish.
MHAIRI Aikman was determined not to serve up a dog's dinner when she allowed the TV cameras into her Warwickshire home.
A DOG'S DINNER GUIDE dog owner Richard Boggie is making a dog's dinner of fundraising for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
A CIVIC boss who was reluctantly forced to endorse the establishment of a new town council last night branded it "a dog's dinner which is not wanted."
Council leader Mike Storey said: "It's a complete dog's dinner. The worst type of legislation is where you can't make a decisive decision."
One of the biggest MPVs on the market, the Rodius, was described by one motoring critic as "a dog's dinner to look at".
HEAD teachers have described the Assembly Government's free school breakfasts initiative as a 'dog's dinner of an idea that has been poorly thought out.'
Ross Devine added: "Made a dog's dinner of that decision, that's for sure."
Summer schedules are a bit of a dog's dinner anyway and, if Rover wants to nip to the kitchen for a drink of water during Game of Bones, he can always paws the programme.
British judges also made a right dog's dinner of the case of the British Airways' check-in worker Nadia Eweida.
SANTOS stars made a dog's dinner of a simple PR stunt during a web chat with fans last week.
It was 25 years ago that Hone, along with Graham Baker, identified that tripe, an ingredient previously discarded by meat businesses but loved by farm dogs, could make the perfect dog's dinner.
Ellis the guide dog is preparing to make a right dog's dinner to raise money for his furry friends.