Shit The Bed
Shit the bed is an idiomatic expression, used to describe someone utterly fail, as well as to refer to something broken beyond repair.
Due to its relatable and commonly understood nature, the phrase has been around for a long time and is mostly used as a way of referring to something of very negative nature.
It may also be used to describe something or someone as dead.
In Britain, “shit the bed” is often used as an exclamation of surprise, usually when something goes horribly wrong.
The origin of the phrase is shrouded in mystery, although there are records of it dating back to the 1800’s.
“Shit the bed” originally referred to the post-mortem relaxation of muscles, letting the bowels excrete on to the bed.
This association had then turned into an analogy; thus the phrase is heard when something is deemed “dead” or beyond repair.
Spread and Usage
The phrase is used globally, from the Northeastern United States to Great Britain.
The common appearance and the mysterious origin of the expression has led a lot of people online to start discussions of its origin on Reddit and other forums.
“Shit the bed” was first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2003, with a large amount of other entries uploaded since then.
- Urban Dictionary – Shit the Bed