make a pig's ear (out) of

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

British, informal

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

Word by Word Definitions

makeplay
  1. :  behave, act

    :  to begin or seem to begin (an action)

    :  to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

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

    :  brand

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

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

    :  a wild or domesicated swine regardless of age or weight

    :  pork

  1. :  farrow

    :  to live like a pig

    :  farrow

  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

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

    :  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

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

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

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

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

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

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


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