Dog's Breakfast

What is the origin and meaning of the expression dog's breakfast?

By Morna, Canada (12th Oct. 2006).

When you make a dog's breakfast of something, you make a complete mess of it. This is an informal expression mostly used in British English.

Here are a few examples.

• Deepa made a bit of a dog's breakfast of the essay.

• Morna made a real dog's breakfast of painting the kitchen.

I understand that dogs have the habit of getting up early and going out. And when they do go out, they eat anything they find on the road — food that people have thrown away — even someone's vomit!

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