fuck the dog

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1935, US;[1] originally in sense “loaf, fritter” (compare fuck around).


fuck the dog

  1. (vulgar, uncommon, Canada) To avoid work; to make it appear as if one is working.
  2. (vulgar, uncommon) To make a horrible or catastrophic mistake; to screw the pooch.
  3. Used other than as an idiom: see fuck,‎ the,‎ dog.

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  1. ^ A Reporter Said “Screw the Pooch” on Face the Nation. Where Does That Phrase Come From?’, by Ben Zimmer, Slate, Jan. 14 2014