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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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Well, another game goes pear-shaped and Yogi makes yet another monumental management descision.
He clearly doesn't need an acting career to fall back on after it emerged he's in line for a $10million payoff if his marriage goes pear-shaped.
But heroin is getting in the way of their romance and it all goes pear-shaped. Both Ledger and Cornish put everything into their respective roles and Geoffrey Rush is excellent as an ageing junkie.
No honour or dignity either in a politician who wholeheartedly supported that invasion - and turned a blind eye to a UN resolution fiddled to make it look legal - running for cover when the whole thing goes pear-shaped.
As she snaps away, she catches a glimpse of her dead lover, Yuu, drifts off into a dreamlike state - and it all goes pear-shaped.
Almost inevitably, everything goes pear-shaped and Gromit is forced to bail his hapless partner out of trouble.
And if it all goes pear-shaped - as it very likely will - you can't complain.
And, when all goes pear-shaped, not giving out misinformation designed to shore up your own case.
It all goes pear-shaped when Mason's transporter is shot down over hostile prison wasteland.
As Naomi's marriage to a local goes pear-shaped, Kate begins an affair with a fiftysomething diplomat played by Thierry Lhermitte.
So Richard takes the word of this crazy person, hooks up with a French couple, finds the beach and a commune there, steals nice French guy's girl, gets on the wrong side of the beach dwellers, goes mad, lives in the jungle for two minutes, returns to the group, it all goes pear-shaped, and, er, that's it.
Naturally it all goes pear-shaped when his new pals gatecrash his romantic night with his new girl.
SVEN Goran Eriksson is NOT Chelsea's first choice to replace Claudio Ranieri as manager if it all goes pear-shaped at Stamford Bridge.
IF it all goes pear-shaped for Aston Villa, John Gregory could have a future on the pub-singer circuit.
'If everything goes pear-shaped for me, I will just sell that CD!'