Definition of botch in English:

botch

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Pronunciation: /bɒtʃ
 
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informal

verb

[with object]
Carry out (a task) badly or carelessly: he was accused of botching the job (as adjective botched) a botched attempt to kill them
More example sentences
  • We must have botched the first task, because we've certainly bungled the second.
  • I am useless when it comes to subterfuge or breaking rules and I botched the entire mission right royally.
  • But the police have also been accused of badly botching the investigation.
Synonyms
bungle, do badly, do clumsily, make a mess of, mismanage, mishandle, mangle, fumble
informal mess up, make a hash of, hash, muff, fluff, foozle, butcher, bodge, make a botch of, foul up, bitch up, screw up, blow, louse up
North American informal flub, goof up, bobble
vulgar slang fuck up, bugger up, balls up

noun

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(also botch-up) A bungled task: I’ve probably made a botch of things
More example sentences
  • There's no room for any more botch-ups.
  • Thus, if we get a regional assembly, it will simply be former county officers and politicians that end up running it and their power for botch-ups will simply be increased.
  • The Saltires are doing a fantastic job against the counties just now, and the last thing Scottish cricket needs is a botch-up like this.
Synonyms
mess, fiasco, debacle, blunder, failure, wreck
informal hash, bodge, flop, foul-up, screw-up, fail
British informal cock-up, pig's ear
North American informal snafu
vulgar slang fuck-up, balls-up

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'repair' but originally not implying clumsiness): of unknown origin.

Derivatives

botcher

noun
More example sentences
  • The poem's indictment of Thetis as a botcher continues through her account of her failure to fully immortalize her son.
  • This guy was a rookie and a botcher.
  • And check that there really is a metal, boxed keep; it's not unknown for a botcher to just make a hole in the wood of the frame and leave it at that.

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