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the dog's dinner

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  • In Australia you'll often hear the phrase blended with "done like a dinner" to give "done like a dog's dinner" in the sense of being completely screwed.

    Which is probably why if we want the ostentatious sense then we're more likely to say "done up like a dog's dinner".

    "Dog's dinner" on its own means a complete mess, i.e. much the same meaning as dog's breakfast. Still fits with the idea of being dressed extravagantly since that use is pejorative.

    October 19, 2008

  • Dressed or displayed in an ostentatiously smart manner.

    'Dog's dinner' is first cited in ‘C. L. Anthony's play 'Touch Wood', 1934:

    "Why have you got those roses in your hair? You look like the dog's dinner."

    (The Phrase Finder)

    October 19, 2008