all over the shop/show/gaff/lot/ballpark

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  • adjective disorganised, in chaos or disarray. The first three versions are British, the last two American. This is a more colourful extension into slang of the colloquial phrase ‘all over the place’, and the first version at least dates from the 19th century. (‘Shop’ is a working-class catch-all for any workplace.).
  • adverb disorganised, in chaos or disarray. The first three versions are British, the last two American. This is a more colourful extension into slang of the colloquial phrase ‘all over the place’, and the first version at least dates from the 19th century. (‘Shop’ is a working-class catch-all for any workplace.).
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