in a pig's ear

in a pig's ear
   no, or that is nonsense
   The pig's ear was the receptacle kept on the bridge of a naval vessel into which the watchman and others might urinate without having to leave their post. Non-naval use is always figurative:
    'Looking forward to our association, as they say.' In a pig's ear, Lorimer thought, as he trudged the deserted streets looking for a taxi. (Boyd, 1998)

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  • pig's ear —    a receptacle for urine on the bridge of a ship    Placed so that a sailor on watch had no need to leave his post, and from the shape rather than the obsolete Scottish pig, a pot for urine:     Into my putrid channel At night each wifie tooms… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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  • pig's ear — Noun. 1. Beer. Cockney rhyming slang. 2. A mess, a disaster. E.g. I made a pig s ear of that job interview when I farted at the outset and couldn t stop giggling. Informal …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • make a pig's ear of — see ↑pig1 • • • Main Entry: ↑ear * * * Brit., informal handle ineptly * * * make a pig s ear (out) of Brit informal : to do or manage something badly He has made a pig s ear of his reelection campaign …   Useful english dictionary

  • make a pig's ear of —    If you make a pig s ear of something, you do a task or a chore very badly or make a complete mess of it.     Gary offered to paint the kitchen but he made a pig s ear of it …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • make a pig's ear of — (something/doing something) British, informal to do something very badly. Tim made a right pig s ear of putting those shelves up …   New idioms dictionary

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