Posted by Bruce Kahl on October 11, 2000
In Reply to: Dog's Dinner posted by Greeble on October 10, 2000
: Ah ok, the done up bit is much more obvious to me now... But not the dog's dinner bit... What connection does this have with clothes or anything like that? And when did this phrase appear?
Just a guess....but picture a dog's dinner bowl filled with all sorts of scraps from previous human meals----pieces of bread, left over egg foo young, last week's bologna etc---and I think you can then see the hodgepodge of colors, textures etc to which your phrase refers.