couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery

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Presents an example of a minimally simple project that the person or group described is presumed unable to accomplish.

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couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery

  1. (Britain, Ireland, 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[1], 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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