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Definition of screw the pooch

screw the pooch

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  • to make an irreparable (possibly tragic) mistake. Originated in the US Air Force.
    Well, Jim, we lost the account. Looks like you really screwed the pooch on this one.
    Obama really screwed the pooch with his debate performance.
                                                                            

    Citation from "Pilot", Eureka (TV), Season 1 Episode 1 blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.
                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

    Citation from "School Lies", American Dad (TV), Season 6 Episode 14 (2011) blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.

    Last edited on Oct 10 2012. Submitted by kim c. from Janesville, IL 62435, USA on Feb 18 1999.

  • to fail completely. Originated in the US Air Force.
    Q: How did you do on the exam?

    A: I totally screwed the pooch.
    Oh man! You just screwed the pooch!

    Last edited on Apr 19 2013. Submitted by Steve O. from Austin, TX, USA on Jan 17 2003.

  • to waste time; "mess around".
    Quit screwing the pooch and come help me.

    Last edited on Jan 04 2011. Submitted by Andrew G. from Spokane, WA, USA on Jul 19 2003.

  • to die.
    I heard from Fred that old Barney screwed the pooch.
    • See more words with the same meaning: to die.

    Last edited on Mar 08 2010. Submitted by Kenn C. from Emmaus, PA, USA on Jan 18 2006.

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Other terms relating to 'to die':

Definitions include: to die.
Definitions include: to die.
Definitions include: very good, excellent; "cool".
Definitions include: to die.
Definitions include: to die.
Definitions include: dead and buried.
Definitions include: to die or to get killed.
Definitions include: spelling variant of goner.
Definitions include: to fall and hit the ground.
Definitions include: death.
Definitions include: to take drugs, usually LSD ("acid") or Ecstasy (MDMA).
Definitions include: to be under the influence of drugs.
Definitions include: to die with others in a large group, usually within a short span of time.
Definitions include: someone or something who will die soon.
Definitions include: to be dead.

Other terms relating to 'to lose, be defeated, fail':

Definitions include: See school.
Definitions include: "take a loss", i.e. to suffer a loss in a competition.
Definitions include: to fail.
Definitions include: to be severely defeated.
Definitions include: a loser.
Definitions include: to stop working.
Definitions include: good; excellent; "cool".
Definitions include: to fail.
Definitions include: to do a poor job.
Definitions include: to fail in one's responsibilities.
Definitions include: to fail or err due to pressure.
Definitions include: a "professional wrestler" who loses matches so as to build up a featured wrestler's win/loss record and crowd appeal.
Definitions include: to fall and hit the ground.
Definitions include: to be unsuccessful.
Definitions include: to completely fail a task.

Other terms relating to 'to make a mistake, be incorrect, err':

Definitions include: to ruin; "mess up".
Definitions include: a replacement word for fuck.
Definitions include: to take advantage of.
Definitions include: "Bollocks" is also the present tense and plural form of bollock.
Definitions include: to smoke marijuana.
Definitions include: to take LSD.
Definitions include: to perform terribly.
Definitions include: confused, ruined; "messed up".
Definitions include: a funny or silly person. Also goof-ball.
Definitions include: To accidentally press an adjacent button, e.g. while typing on a keyboard or entering a phone number.
Definitions include: to be mistaken.
Definitions include: an erection.
Definitions include: to not like something you like.
Definitions include: sexual activity.
Definitions include: exclamation to denote general sorrow, despair, or disappointment.

Other terms relating to 'to waste time':

Definitions include: a project that is capable of consuming a practically unlimited amount of time.
Definitions include: to spend time on a non-productive activity; "waste time".
Definitions include: to masturbate, especially male masturbation.
Definitions include: to be standing or sitting somewhere.
Definitions include: to waste one's time.
Definitions include: to waste time, mess around.
Definitions include: something that's easy.
Definitions include: to waste time in order to avoid confrontation or a potentially uncomfortable situation.
Definitions include: a sexual practice in which a group of men stand in a circle and engage in mutual masturbation, with or without interpersonal contact.
Definitions include: to engage in an unproductive activity; waste time.
Definitions include: to waste time.
Definitions include: to waste time or do something of non-importance.
Definitions include: a waste of time and/or money.
Definitions include: to waste time; "dawdle".
Definitions include: to engage in sexual activity; "fool around".

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Other terms relating to 'pooch':

Definitions include: be lazy.
Definitions include: to screw something up rather badly.
Definitions include: wretched, destroyed, messed up.

Other terms relating to 'screw':

Definitions include: a phrase of one is about to be in trouble big-time or something bad is about to happen.
Definitions include: to be odd or slightly crazy.
Definitions include: to force a desired action using threats or intimidation.
Definitions include: to take advantage of.
Definitions include: to cheat on one's partner.
Definitions include: Past tense of "screw".
Definitions include: broken, ruined, defective.
Definitions include: exclamation of abandon.
Definitions include: a dismissive retort; "buzz off".
Definitions include: to take advantage of.
Definitions include: to be bad or displeasing.
Definitions include: to err; "mess up".
Definitions include: to jokingly deceive.
Definitions include: to confuse a person.
Definitions include: to restrict.

Other terms relating to 'the':

Definitions include: the real information or the proof, instruction, the know how, where, when, and why about something or someone.
Definitions include: walking, generally as opposed to driving.
Definitions include: interrogation.
Definitions include: extremely intoxicated
Definitions include: information.
Definitions include: something you have now is worth more than two things you have just a chance of getting.
Definitions include: a good estimate.
Definitions include: a secret advantage.
Definitions include: inclusive.
Definitions include: to make a bad situation worse.
Definitions include: with the amount of time left to finish a task rapidly disappearing.
Definitions include: having an opinion or belief prior to it becoming common or popular.
Definitions include: of a male, to urinate.
Definitions include: secret sexual activity with a person other than one's partner.
Definitions include: meaning caring about everything.

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