Idiom – Dragged Through A Hedge Backwards

English Idiom – Dragged through a hedge backwards or Pulled through a hedge backwards.

Meaning – to look like you’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards is to look very messy, especially with untidy hair. To be utterly disheveled and chaotic. This expression can also be used to describe situations that are in great disarray or disorder.

A hedge is a a fence or boundary formed by bushes or shrubs.

If your hair is looking particularly messy and you are struggling to tidy it up you might just be having a bad hair day (idiom)!


When could you use this idiom?

  • You are have just had an awful experience at the hairdresser.
  • A friend is trying to manage a chaotic situation at home.
  • When you are trying to organize a chaotic work environment.
  • Your colleague has come to work looking untidy.


  • “Look at the state of Peter. His hair is a mess and his clothes are all over the place. Peter looks like he’s been dragged through a hedge backwards!”

In The News:

“Rishi Sunak’s arrival at Number 10 in the autumn steadied the ship a little, but many business leaders must have felt like they had been dragged through a hedge backwards as policies were devised and ditched in a matter of weeks.”


  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?

What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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