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Meaning of "like a dog's dinner" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF LIKE A DOG'S DINNER

like a dog's dinner play
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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE LIKE A DOG'S DINNER

like a bat out of hell
like a bird
like a blue-arsed fly
like a bomb
like a cat on a hot tin roof
like a charm
like a dose of salts
like a fish out of water
like a headless chicken
like a house on fire
like a lamb to the slaughter
like a log
like a pakapoo ticket
like a shag on a rock
like a shot
like a ton of bricks
like anything
like billyo
like cat and dog
like clockwork

WORDS THAT END LIKE LIKE A DOG'S DINNER

a dog´s dinner
award-winner
banner
beginner
breadwinner
candlelight dinner
Christmas dinner
dinner
finner
inner
medal-winner
pinner
potluck dinner
prizewinner
salad spinner
sinner
skinner
spinner
thinner
TV dinner
winner

Synonyms and antonyms of like a dog's dinner in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «like a dog's dinner» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF LIKE A DOG'S DINNER

Find out the translation of like a dog's dinner to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of like a dog's dinner from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «like a dog's dinner» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

像狗的晚餐
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

como la cena de un perro
570 millions of speakers

English

like a dog´s dinner
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

एक कुत्ते के खाने की तरह
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

العشاء مثل كلب
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

как ужин собаки
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

como o jantar de um cão
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

একটি কুকুর এর ডিনার মত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

comme le dîner d´un chien
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Seperti makan malam anjing
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

wie Abendessen ein Hund
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

犬の夕食のような
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

강아지의 저녁 식사 등
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kaya pawon asu
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

như bữa ăn tối của một con chó
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஒரு நாய் இரவு உணவைப் போல
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

कुत्र्याचे डिनर सारखे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Bir köpek yemeği gibi
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

come la cena di un cane
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

jak obiad psa
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

як вечеря собаки
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ca cina de câine
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

όπως το δείπνο του σκύλου
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

soos ´n hond se dinee
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

som en hund middag
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

som en hund middag
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of like a dog's dinner

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «LIKE A DOG'S DINNER»

The term «like a dog's dinner» is regularly used and occupies the 79.009 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «LIKE A DOG'S DINNER» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about like a dog's dinner

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «LIKE A DOG'S DINNER»

Discover the use of like a dog's dinner in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to like a dog's dinner and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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A Collection of Confusible Phrases
2. don't even think about it: If you're expecting a description of what those yobs did to us, please forget it. done like a dog's dinner done up like a dog's dinner done like a dog's dinner - (si.) completely and utterly defeated (also: done like a ...
Yuri Dolgopolov, 2004
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An Asperger Dictionary of Everyday Expressions: Second Edition
(2) A visually unappealing and over-ostentatious manner of dress (hence, dressed like a dog's dinner). Named after the assortment of leftovers from human meals that get fed to some dogs' Dog's life A life of hardship and unpleasantness.
Ian Stuart-Hamilton, 2006
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Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary
4 1 5 done up/dressed up like a dog's dinner 415 It's raining cats and dogs! 1 172 Let sleeping dogs lie. 415 go a long way towards doing sth 844 pay top dollar 1 044 look/feel like a million dollars 904 be damned if you do and damned if you ...
‎2008
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A Dictionary of Anglo-American Proverbs & Proverbial ...
1982 the whole day, ceremony and party, went down like a dog's dinner. (p. 81) Olivier, Laurence. Confessions of an Actor: An Autobiography. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1982. 1983 "All got up like a dog's dinner." (p. 191) Grimes, Martha .
George B. Bryan, Wolfgang Mieder, 2005
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A Dictionary of Confusable Phrases: More Than 10,000 Idioms ...
dressed in an ostentatiously flashy manner (also: dressed up like a dog's dinner): Ask her where she's been all afternoon, done up like a dog's dinner and missing for hours. don't ask • don't ask me don't ask—is used to say that the answer is ...
Yuri Dolgopolov, 2010
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Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms
9 1998 Times The good guys . . . may have broken the rules by employing dogs ofwar. dressed (up) like a dog's dinner wearing ridiculously smart or ostentatious clothes. British informal every dog has his (or its) day everyone will have good ...
John Ayto, 2010
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A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English
(B., 1945.) On deaner.—2. Pej., as in 'Something-or-other was a dog's dinner- bungled, messy, no good: since ca. 1945. Cf. the earlier dog's breakfast.—3. In ( all) dolled or dressed or got up like a dog's dinner, stylishly, dressed: coll.: C.20.
Eric Partridge, 2006
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Cassell英语常用词组用法词典
... I I dressed up like a dog's dinner DRESS * every dog has its day HA'&fiftM 0 * give a dog a bad name — B.1S& AftOfl □ ffett*«t**J* ; AW^IS (After Bob said Tom was a liar, people began to believe that Tom was bad in every way. It was a case  ...
Rosalind Fergusson, 2003
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Words: A User's Guide
... means something that is meant to be fashionable or impressive but appears to others to be a complete mess: She was dressed up like a dog's dinner. It is also widely used like dog's breakfast to mean a mess: The government's policy in this  ...
Graham Pointon, Stewart Clark, 2014
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A Dictionary of Catch Phrases
Cf and contrast all done with mirrors. all done up like a dog's dinner. See: all dressed up... all done with (occ. by) mirrors (—it's). A phrase uttered when something very clever or extremely ingenious has been done. Wedgewood, 1977 , tells me: ...
Eric Partridge, 2003

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «LIKE A DOG'S DINNER»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term like a dog's dinner is used in the context of the following news items.
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“Silk Brocade” - The New Yorker
I'll look like a dog's dinner, that's what I said. I just want to wear something sensible, look like myself. But he insisted, said I had to bring it.”. «The New Yorker, Jul 15»
2
Labour catches National off-guard over housing
The National Party might have fooled itself into thinking otherwise, but for all intents and purposes it was done like a dog's dinner by Labour this ... «New Zealand Herald, Jul 15»
3
Stunning Time-Lapse Photos
... essentially the same picture, except that his would come out looking like a masterpiece while mine would end up looking like a dog's dinner. «EE Times, Jul 15»
4
Sweden gets first food truck for posh dogs
... truck for pets. The Local asked residents if they were hungry for the idea or thought the business would end up looking like a dog's dinner. «The Local.se, Jun 15»
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Despite lifestyle restrictions, Iranians find easy way around the …
"I cannot impose a grandfather look on a teenager, even if it means I end up leaving him looking like a dog's dinner," he said. As a dad as well ... «Daily Sabah, May 15»
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Vilner Builds A Bespoke Interior For Morgan Plus 8
... builds on a number of BMW 6 series, just like Fisker with its Latigo model, though we'll admit the Bullshark looks like a dog's dinner. «Carscoops, May 15»
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The interview: Crissy Rock
If you're done up like a dog's dinner all the time, you don't feel the benefit.” Why the 2012 move to County Durham for this South Liverpool lass? «Lancashire Evening Post, Apr 15»
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Jasmine Coleman, 12, Thought To Have 'Gone Off With An Older …
Barry G Kneller done up/dressed up like a dog's dinner definition, meaning . ... What is done up/dressed up like a dog's dinner? wearing very ... «Huffington Post UK, Mar 15»
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Why Nintendo's DeNA alliance is a match made in weakness and …
That sounds like a dog's dinner of lowest common denominator gaming experiences, especially when you're competing against companies ... «Pocket Gamer.Biz, Mar 15»
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LG G Watch Urbane is the "Luxury" Android Wear Device to Fight …
... and doesn't look like a dog's dinner, LG has the answer. It's just revealed its latest chip-packed timepiece, the LG G Watch Urbane, looking to ... «Gizmodo UK, Feb 15»

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