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    a dog's breakfast

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough explain to me the meaning of the expression in bold from the following phrase ”Sharon was totally out of control at my bachelorette party -- she really made a dog's breakfast of herself!”?

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    #2

    Re: a dog's breakfast

    "A dog's breakfast" is British slang for a huge mess.

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    Re: a dog's breakfast

    Hi Ouisch,

    Thank you for your lightning reply.

    Would you be kind enough share with me your notion about the expression "huge mess". I would like to ward off a danger of getting a distorted picture of the root of the matter.

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    #5

    Re: a dog's breakfast

    Hi Anglika,

    Thnk you for your considered explanation as well as for your very helpful link.

    Could you witness the following meaning of the expression in question which in my opinion is very close to that one of yours Dictionary.com. ?

    a dog's breakfast = usually refers to the vomit resulting from a full night's drinking, hence, being so drunk, one vomits in the street, and, being that drunk, one has usually acted very stupid throughout the evening. The phrase "A dog's breakfast" is usually attributed to the way one has acted prior to the resulting vomiting.

    Thank you for your effort.

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    Re: a dog's breakfast

    This is certainly not a usage that is common around here and I suspect is one that is used in what used to be termed "vulgar society".

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    #7

    Re: a dog's breakfast

    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you for your delicate reperhension. But you have to know that it is through no fault of mine. I cited only the words of the other author. The phrase was popularized by the Australian sit-com Kath and Kim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you for your delicate reperhension. But you have to know that it is through no fault of mine. I cited only the words of the other author. The phrase was popularized by the Australian sit-com Kath and Kim.

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    I'm not a teacher, but "Dog's breakfast" is emphatically NOT vulgar in Australia or NZ. It's informal, but not vulgar. It is extremely unlikely that anyone would be offended by its use or think less of you for using it, unless it was in a very formal setting.

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    Hi stuartnz,

    I made a nice mess of things. Thank you for your timely intervention. You averted doing of an injustice.I accept with thanks your explanatory note. It sounded like a very plausible story. Now I take things as one finds them.

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    #10

    Re: a dog's breakfast

    I did not mean to imply that the phrase "dog's dinner/dog's breakfast" was not usable - it is indeed used frequently. But that Vil's interesting dictionary definition was a usage that I do not think is particularly common, certainly in my neck of the woods.

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