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Botch   /bɑtʃ/   Listen

(past & past part. botched; pres. part. botching)
Make a mess of, destroy or ruin.  Synonyms: ball up, blow, bobble, bodge, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, botch up, bumble, bungle, flub, fluff, foul up, fuck up, fumble, louse up, mess up, mishandle, muck up, muff, screw up, spoil.  "The pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"

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"Botch" Quotes from Famous Books

... Martin Hawk's last night just for the satisfaction of seein' him arrested? We didn't want her,—not by a long shot,—but she made up her mind to go, and, by gosh, she went. I guess maybe she thought we'd make a botch of it, and so she took that long ride just to make sure she'd git her money's worth. 'Cause, you see, I had to pay each of the men a dollar and a half and mileage before they'd run the risk of bein' shot by Hawk and his crowd. Hard as nails, I said, but doggone it, the minute she saw that ...
— Viola Gwyn • George Barr McCutcheon

... commemorate the benevolence and public zeal of some wali or pasha who must have made a handsome fortune in the promotion of a public enterprise. Be this as it may. It is not our business here to probe the corruption of any particular Government. But we observe that this miserable botch of a monument is to the ruins of the Acropolis, what this modern absolutism, this effete Turkey is to the magnificent tyrannies of yore. Indeed, nothing is duller, more stupid, more prosaic than a modern absolutism as compared with an ancient ...
— The Book of Khalid • Ameen Rihani

... why should they, her botch-work, turn about And stare disdain at me, her finished job? Why was the place one vast suspended shout Of laughter? Why did all the daylight throb With soundless guffaw ...
— The Wit and Humor of America, Volume I. (of X.) • Various

... this change was an improvement or not is a question of taste, but there can be no question as to the wonderful skill, aesthetical and mechanical, with which the change was made, and it is the more striking from the contrast with the wretched "botch" at Waltham. ...
— Sketches of Travel in Normandy and Maine • Edward A. Freeman

... agreed! That is to say, Amedee, touched to the depths of his heart by so much good grace and fraternal cordiality, was so troubled in trying to find words to express his gratitude, that he made a terrible botch ...
— A Romance of Youth, Complete • Francois Coppee

Words linked to "Botch" :   spectacle, snafu, misstep, bungle, solecism, bull, screw up, slip, mistake, fault, gaucherie, gaffe, miscarry, faux pas, trip, go wrong, trip-up, howler, boner, bollix up, fail, stumble, clanger, error

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