Definition of make a hames of in English:

make a hames of


  • Do (something) very badly or ineptly; make a mess of.

    ‘Galway made a hames of their chance of a goal’
    • ‘The club has found some people reluctant or nervous about taking on this new challenge as they haven't rowed before and feel they will make a hames of it.’
    • ‘The major events of life - birth, death and marriage - were mostly arranged and presided over by the women, with the men performing various bit parts - and as often as not, making a hames of them.’
    • ‘And if you make a hames of it, you have a brand new crowd in two minutes anyway.’
    • ‘In this cartoon, all elected representatives are self-interested liars, devoid of principle, who are making a hames of running the country.’
    • ‘Bottom bloody line is, you're making a desperate hames of covering it up.’
    • ‘More recently, Ahern has made an even more spectacular hames of the cabinet reshuffle than Garret FitzGerald did in 1986, which is saying something.’
    • ‘The reality was that the Minister and the government had made a hames of the (consent for the) upstream pipeline.’
    • ‘But King Jarold is dying and Shrek has to caretake the kingdom of Far Far and Away and is making a hames of it.’
    • ‘But tragically for unionism, they made such a hames of it that they revealed both their political inadequacy and their economic incompetence.’
    • ‘If I wasn't a writer, I would be a particularly ineffective person, muddling around on death row, making an absolute hames of things but attempting to offer succour to the condemned.’