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.
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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.
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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.
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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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It's not long before things go pear-shaped when Ruby steals a bottle of vodka in an attempt to impress Barry.
Things looked set to go pear-shaped when Jordan Henderson's penalty was saved, only for Mateus Uribe's spot-kick to rattle the bar and goalkeeper Pickford to deny Carlos Bacca with a great save.
"If it does go pear-shaped, I'll go to far-flung places where no one will know me."
Things go pear-shaped when Vincent's son is kidnapped by the mob.
Alas, when a drunken Phil later turns up at Ben's birthday party, things go pear-shaped so he goes looking for some moral support.
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 it works, it's all down to the foresight of Osborne.
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.
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. He tells Kate that Brennan's been warning him off her, and despite initially not believing him, she begins to question her new flame.
It would provide much better redundancy when things go pear-shaped, as happened before Christmas in 2008 (partially closed due to lorry fire) and a year later in 2009 (closed when trains became snow-stricken).
WHY does everything the Fat Controller touches go pear-shaped? Trying to justify the Afghanistan war.
"Fighting Barrett - the gatekeeper to the heavyweight division - is a massive gamble which could go pear-shaped in 20 seconds," he said.
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.
If that's going pear-shaped, I hope we go pear-shaped next season."