botch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v botch 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"
    • n botch an embarrassing mistake
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Botch A patch put on, or a part of a garment patched or mended in a clumsy manner.
    • Botch A swelling on the skin; a large ulcerous affection; a boil; an eruptive disease. "Botches and blains must all his flesh emboss."
    • Botch To mark with, or as with, botches. "Young Hylas, botched with stains."
    • Botch To put together unsuitably or unskillfully; to express or perform in a bungling manner; to bungle; to spoil or mar, as by unskillful work. "For treason botched in rhyme will be thy bane."
    • Botch To repair; to mend; esp. to patch in a clumsy or imperfect manner, as a garment; -- sometimes with up. "Sick bodies . . . to be kept and botched up for a time."
    • Botch Work done in a bungling manner; a clumsy performance; a piece of work, or a place in work, marred in the doing, or not properly finished; a bungle. "To leave no rubs nor botches in the work."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n botch A swelling on the skin; a large ulcerous affection; a boil.
    • botch To mark with botches.
    • botch To mend or patch in a clumsy manner, as a garment: often used figuratively.
    • botch To put together unsuitably or unskilfully; perform, express, etc., in a bungling manner; hence, to spoil by unskilful work; bungle.
    • botch To mend or patch things in an unskilful manner; be a bungler or botcher.
    • n botch A bungled or ill-finished part; a flaw; a blemish.
    • n botch A patch, or a part of a garment patched or mended in a clumsy manner.
    • n botch That which is botched; ill-finished or bungled work generally.
    • n botch A bungling, unskilful workman or operator of any kind; a botcher.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Botch boch a swelling on the skin: a clumsy patch: ill-finished work
    • v.t Botch to patch or mend clumsily: to put together unsuitably or unskilfully
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Same as Boss a stud. For senses 2 & 3 cf. D. botsen, to beat, akin to E. beat,

Usage

In literature:

You are botching yours.
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
You will have to give me instructions, and though I may botch the business, I'll save the meat.
"A Mating in the Wilds" by Ottwell Binns
But it condemns all botches, abortions, and failures.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Really, there was hope for the Big Black Botch.
"On the Stairs" by Henry B. Fuller
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
The whole damned thing is a botch, in my opinion.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
Even from the point of view of our own ends, we should probably make a botch of remodelling the universe.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
She was too tired of botching to tell him he was wasting time.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
This foulard's a botch.
"The Mother" by Norman Duncan
While he is trotting after his patients, she sits there botching socks.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
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
The next day she had many things to do and succeeded in botching most of them.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
The fellow that wrote that story was a botch.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
Perhaps as immaterial as my existence is to the Great Artist who conceived the botched job called me.
"Claire" by Leslie Burton Blades
I never saw such a botch at writing news!
"Claim Number One" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Of his contemplated strategy at Tampico, there had been a most lugubrious botching.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
Well, I can assure you that we shall not botch our work on this occasion.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
No, his God, the God who made, could not botch a job and be disconcerted at the continuing bad results of His handiwork.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
And look how we've botched that mess!
"The Instant of Now" by Irving E. Cox, Jr.
He can only be patched, and the botches always remain visible in the old rotten cloth.
"The Pictures; The Betrothing" by Ludwig (Lewis) Tieck
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In poetry:

What's tender conscience? — 'Tis a botch,
That will not bear the gentlest touch;
But breaking out, dispatches more
Than th' epidemical'st plague-sore.
"Hudibras: Part 3 - Canto I" by Samuel Butler
Ah, such a ship! No thing of botches
A man might make in a couple of watches,
But his own ship, see you, the staunch goelette,
Named for St. Yves, with all sail set,
Her hull to scale and her rigging to plan —
A credit to him and to good St. Anne.
"Ex-Voto Breton Church Model" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Judge says lawsuit alleging botched mortgage modification can proceed.
Judge advances suit over botched mortgage modifications.
Morgan St coach allegedly shook restaurant employee over botched order.
A husband and wife were arrested on charges related to practicing medicine without a license after a botched buttocks-enhancing procedure on a female patient, Hialeah Police said.
(AP) — Two days later, receiver Stevie Johnson still can't get over how the Buffalo Bills botched their final play in a loss to the New England Patriots last weekend.
Botched MLK quote will be wholly removed from memorial rather than fixed (Post, AP, WaTimes, Examiner).
The 80-year-old Spanish artist who became famous because of her botched restoration of a Christ fresco in a small-town church is auctioning one of her works on eBay for charity .
WORCESTER — The alleged botching of drug cases by former state chemist Annie Dookhan might lead to the release on a man convicted in a marijuana trafficking case in Worcester County.
A botched reactor safety test set off the worst nuclear disaster in history in 1986.
A couple accused of killing a man during a botched robbery attempt in East Oakland must stand trial for special circumstances murder, a judge ruled Thursday.
A man accused of taking hostages during an alleged botched robbery in August at a Yuba City sporting goods store was deemed competent to stand trial on Monday on Sutter County Superior Court.
And that wasn't enough to get a win because of how the Cowboys botched the final seconds after recovering an onside kick.
For all the Dallas Cowboys did right, they botched the ending.
To the Readers' Forum: A man was killed in a botched gun-running scheme sanctioned by our own US Department of Justice.
U.N.'s Botched Computer-System Overhaul: A Major 'Failure' of Ban Ki-Moon's Management.
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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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