dog’s dinner n.
1. (also chook’s breakfast, doggy’s dinner, dog’s breakfast, pig’s breakfast) a distasteful mess; usu. as make a dog’s dinner out of [but note colloq. dressed up like a dog’s dinner, dressed in the height of chic and fashion].
|Times 28 Sept. 7: Mr. Tom Johnston, for whom I confess a sneaking regard, described the programme as a sort of dog’s breakfast, in which there were scraps for every palate.|
|Cheapjack 24: And if you think a gent’s titfer can make me look like a sissy I’ll give anyone a sock in the lug that’ll make ’em look like a blinking dog’s dinner.|
|Queensland Times (Ipswich, Qld) 27 Dec. 2/6: There were bits [i.e. of hair] sticking out every where like the tuft of a cockatoo's crest; and what was once his crowning glory was now as neat as a dog’s breakfast.|
|Eve. Teleg. (Dundee) 6 Mar. 4/3: The other 38 lb [of oranges] were just one mess of pig’s breakfast.|
|For the Rest of Our Lives 56: Why the hell do you keep such a bloody great pile of stuff like a dog’s breakfast?|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 122: Only reason I ever had a down on you Yanks was that one of you blokes designed this dog’s breakfast.|
|Sat. Night and Sun. Morning 161: You talk to me as if I was the dog’s dinner.|
|Joint (1972) 161: The Hiberian tourist seemed to find the town something of a dog’s dinner.letter 5 April in|
|Adam M-1 205: You’ve got us all scrambled back here like a dog’s breakfast.|
|Last Seen Wearing in Second Morse Omnibus (1994) 450: And what a dog’s breakfast he’d made of it all!|
|Canberra Times (ACT) 14 Feb. 7/6: Rejecting this argument, he described the charge as a ‘legal dog’s breakfast, a rigmarole of words’.|
|Lily on the Dustbin 93: Both a girl and her bedroom may resemble a ‘dog’s dinner’.|
|Canberra Times (ACT) 28 Nov. 7/3: A mixed result for the remaining positions in the contest, described by one official yesterday as ‘a dog's breakfast’, makes predictions uncertain.|
|(con. 1968) My Secret Hist. (1990) 336: Don’t make a pig’s breakfast of it.|
|Chopper From The Inside 54: If a man tries to cut his own ears off he will make a pig’s breakfast of the job.|
|Llama Parlour 118: He alone had the power to make them look like a dog’s breakfast. [Ibid.] 158: When Tash did finally appear in the photographic studio, an hour late [...] she looked like a chook’s breakfast.|
|Gerald’s Game (1993) 312: Gerald used to be a winner, but now he’s just the doggy’s dinner.|
|Curvy Lovebox 60: You garms are wacked. You’re a dog’s dinner.|
|Guardian 23 July 11: The Tory frontbench industry spokesman, described the legislation as a ‘dog’s breakfast’.|
|Experience 103: The suit was a genuine dog’s dinner.|
|Guardian 3 Aug. 1: A former cabinet minister called them a ‘dog’s breakfast’.|
|Guardian 2 Sept. 🌐 The monstrous [...] apartment tower in Lambeth [...] a lumpen dog’s dinner of a thing.|
|bdonline.co.uk 24 Sept. 🌐 The dog’s breakfast of a tower.|
|Adventures of the Honey Badger [ebook] VITAL AUSSIE VERNACULAR Mess: dog’s breakfast.|
|Consolation 358: The driver had made a meal out of turning around in the narrow space [...] Hirsch made his own dog’s breakfast of turning around.|
2. an unpleasant person.
|Joint (1972) 127: I am heartsick that such a ghastly unfair thing should befall one so young and talented, when all the dog’s dinners around here remain in the pink.letter 4 Feb. in|
3. (US gay) fellatio (the implication being that the fellator is a bitch n.1 (3f)).
|Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 12: dog’s dinner (n.): Referring to fellation or the derogatory term bitch; implying extreme derogation. (Rare.).|
1. (Aus./N.Z.) ‘done to a turn’, i.e. utterly defeated.
|Fifty Years (2nd edn) I 31: We were done ‘like a dinner’ all the same.|
|Man from Snowy River (1902) 13: We saw we were done like a dinner — / The odds were a thousand to one.‘Old Pardon, the Son of Reprieve’ in|
|Tararua Tramper Jan. 2: You’re the winner – the coves in front are all done like dogs’ dinners [DNZE].|
|Burn 44: His son falls in a heap. ‘Done like a dinner,’ Mary says.|
|(con. 1930s) He Don’t Know ‘A’ from a Bull’s Foot 2: You’re done up like a Dog’s Dinner.|
|Dinkum Aussie Dict. 21: Done like a dinner: To be worsted or badly beaten either in a fist fight or a business deal. A horse that loses a race can also be done like a dinner.|
|Dinkum Kiwi Dict. 26: done like a dog’s dinner comprehensively defeated; eg ‘Last year just about every other province was done by Auckland like a dog’s dinner.’ [DNZE].|
|Dominion (Wellington) 2 Mar. 7: In [striking] Telecom workplaces the faxes ran hot with amateur cartoons of Spot [a dog featuring in Telecom advertising] being done like a dog’s dinner [DNZE].|
|How to Shoot Friends 125: A fight started [...] It lasted about five minutes, with my mate being done like a dinner.|
|Surf Casting and Angling Club of W.A. 🌐 Yet again I was done like a dog’s dinner without getting a turn of line back on the reel.|
|Sydney Morning Herald 3 Sept. [online [headline] Done like a dinner over a reheated story.|
|N.Z. Herald 24 Sept. 🌐 Labour was done like a dog’s dinner.|
2. (US campus) drunk.
|Computer Science and Why (1993) 🌐 These people are [...] out-of-it, done-like-dinner.|