go pear-shaped

go pear-shaped

To fail or fall apart. What are we going to do this weekend if our plans go pear-shaped? Well, Molly's surprise party went pear-shaped once she accidentally found out about it.

go pear-shaped

BRITISH, INFORMAL
COMMON If a situation or activity goes pear-shaped, it starts to fail or have problems. We started well, but it all went pear-shaped and we lost five matches in a row. He is always asked to comment whenever the global economy goes pear-shaped.

go pear-shaped

go wrong. informal
This phrase originated as RAF slang, as a humorously exaggerated allusion to the shape of an aircraft that has crashed nose first. Today, however, people probably assume it derives from the idea of a woman gaining weight on her hips.
1998 Spectator Unfortunately it all went pear-shaped because the programme to which I was going to peg my babblings…just wasn't interesting enough to sustain a whole review.

go ˈpear-shaped

(British English, informal) if things go pear-shaped, they go wrong: Everything was going really well for Dave until the last week of the course, when it all went a bit pear-shaped and he failed an assignment. OPPOSITE: work/go like a dream
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But against a percentage player like Murray (above) it's 99 per cent certain to go pear-shaped.
It takes the responsibility away from George Osborne, and the new big bad wolf may be the elected mayor if things go pear-shaped.
If that's going pear-shaped, I hope we go pear-shaped next season.
Things did go pear-shaped, the price was bigger (8-11) than I anticipated at the off and this was one of those cases when I was left kicking myself for not putting up a 'lay' guide price.
Fighting Barrett - the gatekeeper to the heavyweight division - is a massive gamble which could go pear-shaped in 20 seconds," he said.
Things, of course, do not go to plan and we flash back to one week before the big day to discover how it all started to go pear-shaped.
Luckily, Donna and Zeke are on hand to calm her nerves, but when Declan sticks his oar in, things start to go pear-shaped.
IF DAVID BECKHAM fancied being England manager in years to come, he's had a firsthand education in how it can go pear-shaped.
But things go pear-shaped, especially between Jay and Abi when she realises she might be pregnant and he only goes and snogs a barmaid that Dexter was giving the glad eye to.
Kean, though, faces more battles ahead - and could fight to keep his own job if things go pear-shaped again.
It will all go pear-shaped, should her boss back off or cool off, or both.
But with vastly different management styles and staff, such as the magnificent queen running rings around them, and a fashion show coming up in six weeks, things were about to go pear-shaped.
Everything can tend to go pear-shaped when a manager gets a new deal but I'll keeping working hard and take one game at a time.
Has anyone tried to visualise the unthinkable, but not impossible, event when things continue to go pear-shaped for this government, ministers and MPs from north of the border might resign en masse and set up camp in the cushier Scottish parliament, leaving the opposition to clean up the mess?
DERRY keeper David Forde last night said: "We have to avoid complacency or else our season could go pear-shaped.