Posted by TheFallen on March 13, 2002
In Reply to: A dog's breakfast posted by Word Camel on March 13, 2002
: Is this a British phrase? I'm always met with perplexed frowns when I have used it here.
A dog's breakfast, and also maybe more commonly a dog's dinner are both is certainly well-known over here as phrases to describe something that is a complete mess. It's used both more figuratively - "he worked for hours adapting that presentation, but turned it into a real dog's dinner" - and more visually - "she turned up to the party done up like a dog's dinner".