Definition of make a pig's ear of in English:

make a pig's ear of

phrase

British
informal
  • Handle ineptly.

    ‘only adults make a pig's ear of it when they start fishing’
    • ‘Let's just hope they don't make a pig's ear of it.’
    • ‘Sadly I made a pig's ear of it and had a bit of trouble surfacing.’
    • ‘OK, I'm sorry, I've made a pig's ear of your point.’
    • ‘It charged councillors with having squandered the windfall receipts from the flotation of the municipally-owned telephone company three years ago and making a pig's ear of its housing policy.’
    • ‘There are no defenders but Park still makes a pig's ear of it and Barry saves.’
    • ‘Perhaps the one point we agree on is that the present government has made a pig's ear of dealing with asylum applications.’
    • ‘Having said that, you could give the same fellow his choice of angles and he'd still make a pig's ear of it.’
    • ‘‘Football's a cut-throat industry and you do get criticism when you make a pig's ear of it,’ said Arthur.’
    • ‘While helping out plump, inhibited city accountant Albert with his love life, he makes a pig's ear of his own.’
    • ‘Now they are in danger of making a pig's ear of government policy on health.’
    bungle, mess up, make a mess of, botch, spoil, mar, ruin, mishandle, mismanage
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