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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