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In today's Observer, columnist Jonathan Bouquet mentions Jon Snow on Channel 4 News while interviewing Jacob Rees Mogg, having used the expression to queer the pudding. Bouquet refers to it as a "new phrase", to which Rees Mogg is said to have "cocked an eyebrow".

I am quite certain I have heard it, and that it means "to introduce unnecessary complications and confusion to an issue". But I cannot find a reference to it anywhere on line. The only response Google gives me is a reference back to Bouquet's article.

Please would someone confirm that I am not imagining things when I say it is a well-known saying, perhaps dated, but certainly in 20th century use.

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    I have heard "queer the deal", but... – Cascabel Jun 23 at 19:55
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    @Cascabel Yes, and the proof is in the pudding. This particular phrase seems like a confused hybrid of the two. – Jason Bassford Jun 23 at 20:04
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    @JasonBassford The proof of the pudding is in the eating is, I am sure, the original form here. "Queer the deal" has a slightly different meaning - I think it has been discussed on this site in the last few years. – WS2 Jun 23 at 20:08
  • @WS2 That's the original form of the idiom. It's not the phrasing most commonly used today. – Jason Bassford Jun 23 at 20:13
  • @JasonBassford Yes the whole topic was discussed here last December - english.stackexchange.com/questions/476612/… to which I contributed, but had forgotten. But I don't think I referred to "queer the pudding". You may want to look at that before posting an answer. – WS2 Jun 23 at 20:14
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Definitely 20th Century but likely no longer used. Seen and heard in several movies from the 40's and 50's.

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    I’m not sure what SQL has to do with this. Query and queer are not related, and the original meaning of queer is not “being a questionable” (whatever precisely that means). The original meaning is ‘strange, peculiar, eccentric’, and that would also seem to be the meaning here. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jun 23 at 22:57
  • A few examples would be good. – S Conroy Jun 24 at 16:18

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