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    Question idiom origin

    What is the origin of the idiom "screw the pooch?" Thanks

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    Default Re: idiom origin

    You could find the information you are looking for on Wiktionary.

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    Default Re: idiom origin

    Apparently, the term comes from Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff:
    Wordorigins.org Discussion Forums | Screw the pooch

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    Default Re: idiom origin

    The American slang phrase f**k the dog means to waste time. Screw the pooch is a gentrification.
    Last edited by probus; 21-Feb-2011 at 05:34.

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