gone pear-shaped

Gone pear-shaped
(UK) If things have gone pear-shaped they have either gone wrong or produced an unexpected and unwanted result.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • gone pear-shaped — (UK)    If things have gone pear shaped they have either gone wrong or produced an unexpected and unwanted result.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Gone pear-shaped —   (UK)   If things have gone pear shaped they have either gone wrong or produced an unexpected and unwanted result …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • Pear-shaped — is a metaphorical term with several meanings, all in reference to the shape of a pear, i.e. tapering towards the top and rounded at the bottom.The oldest usage from the Oxford English Dictionary ( OED ) is the most literal, a 1731 reference in a… …   Wikipedia

  • pear-shaped — • when something has gone pear shaped it has gone wrong. Probably derived from the sagging shape of a pear …   Londonisms dictionary

  • Pear shaped — If something has gone pear shaped it means it has become a disaster. It might be preparing a dinner party or arranging a meeting, any of these things can go completely pear shaped …   The American's guide to speaking British

  • pear-shaped — /ˈpɛə ʃeɪpt/ (say pair shaypt) adjective 1. having an oval shape tapering towards one end, as a pear. –phrase 2. go pear shaped, Colloquial (of a plan, enterprise, etc.) to fail after a promising beginning. {Phrase Origin: originally British Air… …   Australian English dictionary

  • go pear-shaped —    If things have gone wrong, they have gone pear shaped.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If a plan or project goes pear shaped, it either goes wrong or it produces an undesirable result.     Jane organized a treasure hunt in the park for …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • go pear-shaped — (UK) If things have gone wrong, they have gone pear shaped …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Go pear-shaped —   If things have gone wrong, they have gone pear shaped …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • Leatherhead — For other uses of this name, see Leatherhead (disambiguation). Coordinates: 51°17′42″N 0°19′44″W / 51.2951°N 0.3289°W / 51.29 …   Wikipedia

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