make a pig's ear (out) of

Definition of make a pig's ear (out) of

British, informal
:to do or manage (something) badly
  • He has made a pig's ear of his reelection campaign.

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. : the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

  2. : brand

  3. : the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

pig play
  1. : a young domesticated swine usually weighing less than 120 pounds (50 kilograms) — compare hog 1a

  2. : a wild or domesicated swine regardless of age or weight

  3. : pork

  1. : farrow

  2. : to live like a pig

  3. : farrow

ear play
  1. : the characteristic vertebrate organ of hearing and equilibrium consisting in the typical mammal of a sound-collecting outer ear separated by the tympanic membrane from a sound-transmitting middle ear that in turn is separated from a sensory inner ear by membranous fenestrae

  2. : any of various organs (as of a fish) capable of detecting vibratory motion

  3. : the external ear of humans and most mammals

  1. : the fruiting spike of a cereal (such as wheat or corn) including both the seeds and protective structures

  1. : to form ears in growing

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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