couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery

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Etymology[edit]

Presents an example of a minimally simple project that the person or group described is presumed unable to accomplish. By implication, someone who cannot complete even this task successfully could not be relied on to organise any project at all.

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couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery

  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, vulgar, slang, idiomatic) Is unable even to organise a project that requires no planning; is incompetent.
    • 2006, G. C. Lemans, Chantier: A tribute to the world's engineers and their partners in life, page 60,
      “Deladrieux should have stayed an accountant,” Murphy sighed. “He's got three people working for him but they're just administrative clerks, pencil-pushers, they couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery. That's what you get when you assign engineering jobs to non-engineers. []

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