Posted by ESC on July 15, 2005
So, this week at work I was talking about a project that was going awry. I said, "It's gonna be a cock up." And my coworkers looked stunned. Which was the effect I was going for anyway. Then I got to thinking about the phrase and remembered that someone said it was not "dirty" but had to do with archery or something.
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I tried to looked it up on Phrase Finder but after I typed in "cock up," I got a warning that I was trying to access a "non business site." So what will be my defense when my boss gets the daily Internet use report and asks me why I was looking up an obscene phrase?