Screw the Pooch

Such a weird one, right? The phrase originated as “fuck the dog”, military slang, of course. Then Tom Wolfe cleaned it up for his book The Right Stuff. Just say “screw up” and leave the poor dog out of it.

Unless we really screw the pooch, you'll see 25 percent gross margin in Q4.

The douchebag who said this probably also said sync up, Move the Needle, or Soup-to-Nuts.