botch up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v botch up make a mess of, destroy or ruin "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out","the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"
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Usage

In literature:

I says to myself I've botched my chances by that; I surely have, if he meets up with Hal Clayton.
"Tom Sawyer, Detective" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
I'm not going to pay full price to have my work botched up after that style!
"Lizzy Glenn" by T. S. Arthur
Indeed it appears to me to have been a coarse botched-up thing to receive the MSS.
"The Hedge School; The Midnight Mass; The Donagh Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
Isn't it vile that I still cling to life and that I would rather do anything than give up this botched and bungled existence of mine?
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
Beautiful baskets were brought by the older squaws, and botched-up shabby ones by the younger generation.
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
You know these amateurs; botch it up and have a guy floppin' around, yellin' and spatterin' everybody up.
"Gambler's World" by John Keith Laumer
But for once and once only as those saw who had the hardihood to look, Uncle Tobe had botched up a job.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
I'm here to keep you from botching things up still worse for the Trading Commission, that's all.
"Letter of the Law" by Alan Edward Nourse
I am at present here to botch up a piece of work, which was originally well imagined but badly executed.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX" by Various
I'd torn them all to flinders on that slide, or old botched up sled, and she said I was a sight.
"Dorothy at Oak Knowe" by Evelyn Raymond
I guess I botched things up.
"Penny Nichols and the Mystery of the Lost Key" by Joan Clark
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In news:

Local band Minus The Bear is made up of players from local groups: Kill Sadie, Botch and Sharks Keep Moving.
New security restrictions swiftly implemented following a botched attempt to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day will make air travel more burdensome and could discourage some business fliers - key customers for the airlines.
Sure, the county, Yuba City and, to a lesser extent, Live Oak, have pretty much botched things up for many years.
Botched crash investigation leads to shake-up at IMPD.
ABC station botches Petraeus book cover:ALL Up IN My Snatch .
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In science:

But in developing this idea, they blundered, and it was, unfortunately, their botched version of the idea that was taken up and subsequently built into the institutional structure of academia.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
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