Definition of botch in English:

botch

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Pronunciation: /bɒtʃ
 
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informal

verb

[with object]

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

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.

Origin

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

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