English expression “pear shaped” [duplicate]

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What does “everything’s gone pear-shaped” mean?

What is the origin and meaning of “pear shaped”, as in “this situation is about to go pear shaped”


The meaning is simply “gone wrong”.

As to the origin: nobody knows.

There is a short discussion of it on the normally reliable World Wide Words here

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