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
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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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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
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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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When asked if SP-BSP-RLD alliance candidate Narendra Singh will queer the pitch for her this time by eating into Jat votes, she said: "I am sure that he will get some votes.
Shrestha, who did not have the benefit of support of any of the current crop of mainstream parties in or out of power, had to face not only India but also the efforts of the NC-Left Front trying to queer the pitch against the government.
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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.
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Instead of being an honest broker of peace, what Putin-era Russia has managed to do is queer the pitch perhaps forever in the Middle Eastern theatre of gore.