#3 in the “Fire and Fury” malaphor series. This one comes courtesy of the President of the U.S. Donald Trump, in one of his twitters responding to the book, “Fire and Fury”. He says:
“Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book. He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad!” https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/949498795074736129
“Dumped like a dog” is a conflation of “dropped like a hot potato” (to abandon someone or something suddenly), “dumped” (to reject), and “like a whipped dog” (ashamed because you have been defeated). The latter seems particularly appropriate given the context. Of course, dogs do take “dumps” which may have been in the speaker’s mind. A big thanks to David Barnes for sniffing this one out.
This gem was uttered at school by a teacher discussing an administrative initiative. It is a mash up of “go over like a lead balloon” (to fail completely) and “dropped (someone or something) like a hot potato” (disassociate instantly). This malaphor might be describing both phrases together to illustrate staying away from a failure. Maybe the speaker is from Long Island, where residues of arsenic and lead were found in potatoes. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/004565359400410V
A big thanks to Ann Lynn for hearing this one and sending it in!