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    Question To go pear shaped

    Hi,

    could anyone please explain to me "to go pear-shaped". I overheard one of my colleagues say that the other day and got really confused. The way he said it made me think it might be something not too good.

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    Re: To go pear shaped

    If something goes pear-shaped, it goes wrong.

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    Re: To go pear shaped

    Thanks, makes sense! so can you literally replace it with the word wrong? like would you say: today everything went pear-shaped?

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    Re: To go pear shaped

    Quote Originally Posted by jazzz8 View Post
    Thanks, that makes sense! So can you literally replace it with the word "wrong"? like For example, would you say "Today, everything went pear-shaped"?
    Note my corrections above. Yes, you could say that. However, you can't use "pear-shaped" instead of "wrong" in every context. You can use "go/went pear-shaped" to replace "go/went wrong" in most contexts.

    It all went wrong.
    It all went pear-shaped.

    I got the question wrong.
    I got the question pear-shaped.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: To go pear shaped

    Makes total sense now! Is there an online dictionary or source that can be used to check sayings or idioms?

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    Re: To go pear shaped

    This forum has its own list of idioms in the Reference section. Click here.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: To go pear shaped

    Did not know about that - thank you emsr2d2 :) Just checked it out and it is a really helpful source of idioms to all kinds of topics (lots ot learn here).

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