queer the/(one's) pitch

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queer the/(one's) pitch

To ruin, spoil, or undermine one's efforts, plans, or ideas. Primarily heard in UK. The president's recent decision to back out of the trade agreement has queered the pitch for many companies seeking to enjoy lower export-import costs. I fear that sticking to an inflexible agenda may queer our pitch as we head into general elections.
See also: pitch, queer

queer someone's pitch

mainly BRITISH
If someone or something queers your pitch, they make it very difficult for you to achieve what you are trying to do. Being followed by a camera crew was queering his pitch. Note: You can also say that someone or something queers the pitch if they make something difficult to achieve. They don't want to queer the pitch in their dealings with foreign governments by publicly criticizing their actions. Note: In the past, a pitch was the place where a showman set up his tent or stall. If anyone, especially the police, spoiled or interrupted his show, they were said to queer the pitch. There is an old verb `queer' which means `cheat' or `spoil'.
See also: pitch, queer

queer someone's pitch

spoil someone's chances of doing something, especially secretly or maliciously. British
This phrase originated as 19th-century slang; early examples of its use suggest that the pitch referred to is the spot where a street performer stationed themselves or the site of a market trader's stall.
1973 Elizabeth Lemarchand Let or Hindrance He's a decent lad…he would never have risked queering Wendy's pitch with Eddy .
See also: pitch, queer

queer somebody’s ˈpitch

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queer the ˈpitch (for somebody)

(British English, informal) spoil somebody’s plans or their chances of getting something: Somebody must have told her boss about her plans to leave. Who was trying to queer her pitch?
See also: pitch, queer
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The steps taken to queer the pitch for the Senate elections were not going to be wasted by allowing a PML-N party member to fill the chairman's slot.
But the hyper-nationalists in the Hindutva (Hindu nationalist) camp, who include a few television commentators, can queer the pitch for a meaningful dialogue at a time when suspicions are rife.
Trinamool Congress was part of UPA then but party President Mamata Banerjee certainly behaved like she was trying to queer the pitch for the Congress.
It is good that the exhibition of such films has been banned in Pakistan because these ventures only serve to queer the pitch in an already volatile political environment.
This might queer the pitch for Walsh's return even if SAI and the sports ministry are willing to agree to his monetary and functional demands.
This indicates that the oil ministry does not want to draw ire from the Opposition as well as some of its own constituents by allowing state fuel retailers to raise petrol price and queer the pitch for revising diesel and cooking gas prices.
Does this really queer the pitch for people like Northern Rock and HBOS?
There's the famed broken foot of Rooney, our main obsession, but does the impending departure of manager Sven-Goran Eriksson not threaten to queer the pitch as well?
In The Drink Forecast, NTC sounds a warning that the danger of the country falling into serious recession, with the consequent fall in households' disposable income and declining consumer confidence, could seriously queer the pitch for the biggest party of the century.
The veterans in his party have tried to queer the pitch by asking Modi and Amit Shah to own up for the Bihar loss.
Such a stance could queer the pitch for HJC chief Kuldeep Bishnoi, who has been projecting himself as the future chief minister for the last two years.
Rehman Khan, another federal minister belonging to Karnataka, who is not in contention, has tried to queer the pitch for his two other ministerial colleagues by demanding that the new chief minister must be nominated from amongst the newly elected state lawmakers.
At a press conference on Wednesday, apart from projecting Advani as " a possible prime ministerial candidate of the BJP", Swaraj made a few other comments which appeared to queer the pitch for Modi.
Former finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal, nephew of the incumbent chief minister and the Akali Dal patron Parkash Singh Badal, is ready to queer the pitch for his uncle.
Industry sources said that Infotel Broadband foray into the telecom space with 4G-- also called long- term evolution ( LTE)-- and considered to be the future of the industry, will make the telecom market fiercely competitive and could even queer the pitch for some leading operators.