fuck the dog
- (vulgar, uncommon, Canada) To avoid work; to make it appear as if one is working.
- (vulgar, uncommon) To make a horrible or catastrophic mistake; to screw the pooch.
- Used other than as an idiom: see fuck, the, dog.
- ^ ‘A Reporter Said “Screw the Pooch” on Face the Nation. Where Does That Phrase Come From?’, by Ben Zimmer, Slate, Jan. 14 2014