A toy brand for a range of slot car racing sets which first appeared in the late 1950s.
A poor job; a mess.
Editor’s note: In one of those moments of delightful synchronicity, shortly after looking up this phrase, I happened to see my colleague Rachel describe something as “a dog’s breakfast”, which turns out to be synonymous.
For some reason I am really charmed by these two phrases, especially since no one says “a dog’s lunch”. I’m adding these to the list of things to start saying — maybe they’ll catch on in the US?
The occupant looks to be in his early thirties, has a gelled mullet, an off-the-peg suit from a mid-range high-street outfitter, and is making a dog’s dinner of wrapping a big box of Scalextric.
Definition from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved. (via Wordnik)
[BRITISH] An elastic bandage; Band-Aid.
Also (more commonly?) “sticking plasters” which has always struck me as really adorable in some indefinable way.
A stew of braised meat, usually beef.
An ancient grave mound; a barrow.
Dry, fruity, light red wine drunk within a few months after it is made; from the Beaujolais district in southeastern France.
Liberation from slavery, bondage, or restraint; a setting free; emancipation.
But what does “beating the system” mean? Becoming rich enough to buy one’s manumission from the daily humiliation of employment?
Definition from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (via Wordnik)