A dead duck
Something that is not successful or useful; something that will fail.
- This project was a dead duck right from the start because of a lack of funding.
A difficult situation in which whatever happens the result will be bad.
- We’re in a bit of a no-win situation. Whatever we do, no one is going to be satisfied.
A company or organisation that is failing.
- I’ve had a look at the accounts and they’re in a complete mess. In fact, I’d say that this company is a sinking ship.
If a plan “goes pear-shaped’; it fails or goes badly.
- We had planned to finish the project this week, but everything has gone pear-shaped.
To fail suddenly and completely; to start playing or doing really badly.
- The football team did really well last year, but this year they have gone to pieces.
Not to be very exciting or successful.
- This new club is good, but it’s just like every other club. It won’t set the world on fire.
Bad things will happen if there is any possibility of them happening.
- The one time I arrive late for work, the boss happens to notice. It’s sod’s law.
An unwritten law that says that if something can go badly, it will go badly.
- I’m a great believer in Murphy’s law: what can go wrong, will go wrong.