be done like a dog's dinner

be done like a dog's dinner
be done like a (dog's) dinner Australian, informal to be completely defeated.

Whatever possessed her to play tennis against Sue? She was done like a dinner.


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  • done up up like a dog's dinner — done up/dressed up like a dog s dinner British & Australian wearing clothes which make you look silly when you have tried to dress for a formal occasion. There she was, all dressed up like a dog s dinner, in a ridiculous frilly shirt and a skirt… …   New idioms dictionary

  • done dressed up like a dog's dinner — done up/dressed up like a dog s dinner British & Australian wearing clothes which make you look silly when you have tried to dress for a formal occasion. There she was, all dressed up like a dog s dinner, in a ridiculous frilly shirt and a skirt… …   New idioms dictionary

  • done up like a dog's dinner — Phrs. Smartly or extravagantly dressed. Usually disparaging use. Informal …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • dog's dinner — n a. an extravagant display, especially a vulgar, misguided or unsuccessful attempt at smartness. The expression, which dates from the late 1920s, usually forms part of a phrase such as all done up like a dog s dinner . b. a mess. In this… …   Contemporary slang

  • dog's dinner — • overdressed or or in a mess. eg. He was done up like a dog s dinner or You ve made a right dogs dinner of this ! …   Londonisms dictionary

  • dog's dinner — Noun. 1. A mess. Cf. dog s breakfast . 2. See done up like a dog s dinner …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • dog's dinner —  Meal of scraps of left over food. Used met. for (sometimes unsuccessful) attempt at stylish dress. Hence done up like a dog s dinner Wearing conspicuous (or incongruous) clothes …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • be done like a dinner — be done like a (dog s) dinner Australian, informal to be completely defeated. Whatever possessed her to play tennis against Sue? She was done like a dinner …   New idioms dictionary

  • dinner — done like a dinner Comprehensively outwitted or defeated Collingwood was done like a dinner in the grand final . The phrase was first recorded in 1847. The origin is uncertain, but a common variation is done like a dog s dinner , which implies a… …   Australian idioms

  • dog — I UK [dɒɡ] / US [dɔɡ] noun [countable] Word forms dog : singular dog plural dogs *** 1) a) an animal kept as a pet, for guarding buildings, or for hunting. A young dog is called a puppy Have you fed the dog? Out on the street, a dog began to bark …   English dictionary

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