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Difference between Dog’s dinner and Duck’s dinner

dog’s dinner—(sl.) an untidy mess; a distasteful combination (also: dog’s breakfast):

  • North End is a dog’s dinner of hovels, dives and drinking dens.

duck’s dinner—(Austral. sl.) no dinner at all; a drink of water, with nothing to eat:

  • “Make sure he has more than duck’s dinner, okay?” “What?” “He should eat.”