What is Dicking the dog?
Dicking the dog meaning putting ‘half-assed’ effort into a task (refers to improperly securing the ‘dogs’ on a watertight hatch when passing through. Such a lax procedure could spell doom for a sinking ship if hatches were not absolutely watertight). Also said as ‘poking the poodle’. Not to be confused with ‘screwing the pooch’ which refers to royally messing up a task.
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