What does screw the pooch mean?

 

Idiom Meaning:

to fail or make a serious mistake

 

Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:

 

A Clockwork Nebari (2000)

Time of Scene: ~00:20:10

John Crichton: Shyeah. It’d totally screw the pooch, babe.

 

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit “Shadow” (2010)

Time of Scene: ~00:22:30

Dr. George Huang: She’s dangerous.

Chief of Detectives Muldrew: Is that your clinical opinion, Dr. Huang?

Dr. George Huang: Do you want me to use bigger words? Fine. She’s a psychopath with extremely violent tendencies.

Chief of Detectives Muldrew: Stop showing off. Bring her down for murder and I’ll back your play. But screw the pooch and I’m going to let the crap roll downhill.

Donald Cragen: They better crack her or we’re going to have a lot of shoveling to do.

 

The Right Stuff (1984)

Time of Scene: ~01:54:50

Gordon Cooper: You know something, Gus? I got me a new house, new furniture. Got me $25,000 a year on a magazine contract. Got me a Corvette. Got free lunch from one end of America to the other, and I ain’t even been up there yet.

Gus Grissom: Yeah, I noticed that.

Gordon Cooper: Oh, you noticed that, did you? Well I guess they’re just saving the best for last.

Gus Grissom: Yeah, I guess so, Hot Dog. Just be sure you don’t screw the pooch.

 

 

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