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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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Ronnie Wood got his wish in the saucy shape of Ekaterina Ivanova - try getting Keith Richards to say that with his teeth out - and now it has all gone pear-shaped.
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IT'S all gone pear-shaped for Carol Vorderman, asked to drop wages from pounds 1million a year to a mere pounds 100,000, for er, counting up the numbers on Countdown or spelling out "the cat sat on the mat".
The Geordie lass had just been handed a pounds 30 fixed penalty for eating an apple while driving when the officer came up with the hilarious pay-off line: "Things might be OK this time but they might have gone pear-shaped."
No official word as yet on why things have gone pear-shaped after 12 weeks, although it appears that he quit the Premiership because there were too many matches - and now he's complaining that he's not playing enough.