- Carry out (a task) badly or carelessly: he was accused of botching the job (as adjective botched) a botched attempt to kill themMore example sentences
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
- 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.
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- (also botch-up) A bungled task: I’ve probably made a botch of thingsMore 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.
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- 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.
late Middle English (in the sense 'repair' but originally not implying clumsiness): of unknown origin.