make a pig's ear out of

make a pig's ear out of
make a pig's ear (out) of
Brit informal : to do or manage something badly

He has made a pig's ear of his reelection campaign.

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Main Entry:pig

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  • make a pig's ear (out) of something — make a ˈpig s ear (out) of sth idiom (BrE, informal) to do sth badly; to make a mess of sth Main entry: ↑pigidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • make a pig's ear of — see ↑pig1 • • • Main Entry: ↑ear * * * Brit., informal handle ineptly * * * make a pig s ear (out) of Brit informal : to do or manage something badly He has made a pig s ear of his reelection campaign …   Useful english dictionary

  • make a pig's ear of — verb To do badly; to make a mess of. Instead, he had lain awake for hours, knowing hed made a pigs ear of everything, and trying to think of a way to sort things out …   Wiktionary

  • ear — W2S2 [ıə US ır] n ↑ear, ↑nose, ↑tooth, ↑eye ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(part of your body)¦ 2¦(hearing)¦ 3¦(grain)¦ 4 smile/grin etc from ear to ear 5 6 a sympathetic ear 7 close/shut your ears to something …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pig — pig1 S2 [pıg] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(animal)¦ 2¦(person)¦ 3¦(police)¦ 4 a pig (of a something) 5 make a pig s ear of something 6 in a pig s eye 7 pig in a poke 8 pigs might fly ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1200 1300; …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ear — noun 1 PART OF YOUR BODY (C) one of the organs on either side of your head that you hear with: Lou turned to Mark and whispered something in his ear. 2 HEARING (U) the ability to hear sounds: too high pitched to be heard by the human ear | have… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • ear — [[t]ɪ͟ə(r)[/t]] ♦♦♦ ears 1) N COUNT Your ears are the two parts of your body, one on each side of your head, with which you hear sounds. He whispered something in her ear... I m having my ears pierced. 2) N SING: with supp, usu N for n If you… …   English dictionary

  • pig — [[t]pɪ̱g[/t]] pigs, pigging, pigged 1) N COUNT A pig is a pink or black animal with short legs and not much hair on its skin. Pigs are often kept on farms for their meat, which is called pork, ham, bacon, or gammon. → See also guinea pig ...the… …   English dictionary

  • pig — 1 noun (C) 1 ANIMAL a farm animal that is usually pink or black and has short legs, a fat body, and a curved tail see also: guinea pig (1) 2 PERSON spoken a) someone who eats too much or eats more than their share: Greedy pig, you ate all the… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pig — pig1 [ pıg ] noun count ** 1. ) an animal with no fur and a curly tail kept by farmers for its meat. A female pig is called a sow and a young pig is called a piglet. The meat from a pig is called pork. 2. ) an insulting word for someone who… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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