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Postby Slava » Fri Dec 03, 2010 5:06 pm

This is British slang for mucking things up.

To make a Horlicks of something.

It comes from the name of a drink meant to put you to sleep. I would say, then, that if you're on Horlicks you are probably asleep at the wheel, and that's how you make a Horlicks of whatever it is you're supposed to be doing.
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:12 pm

Harry Potter-esque.
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Postby Audiendus » Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:22 am

This use of "Horlicks" probably arose as a euphemism for bollocks. Perhaps it was also influenced by shambles - another singular word with a "plural" ending. The "s" suggests the idea of spilling or shattering into pieces, and creation of disorder.

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