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tr.v. botched, botch·ing, botch·es
1. To perform poorly or ruin through clumsiness or ineptitude: botch a tennis shot; botch a rebellion.
2. To repair or mend clumsily or ineptly.
1. A ruined or defective piece of work: "I have made a miserable botch of this description" (Nathaniel Hawthorne).
2. A hodgepodge.

[Middle English bocchen, to mend.]

botch′er n.
botch′y adj.
Synonyms: botch, blow1, bungle, butcher, fumble, muff1
These verbs mean to harm or spoil through ineptitude or clumsiness: botch a repair; blow an opportunity; bungle an interview; butchered the haircut; fumbled my chance to apologize; muffed the last play of the game.


bungled or mishandled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.botched - spoiled through incompetence or clumsiness; "a bungled job"
unskilled - not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency; "unskilled in the art of rhetoric"; "an enthusiastic but unskillful mountain climber"; "unskilled labor"; "workers in unskilled occupations are finding fewer and fewer job opportunities"; "unskilled workmanship"


[ˈbɒtʃt] adj [attempt, robbery, job, rescue] → raté(e)botch-up [ˈbɒtʌp] ntravail m bâclé
References in classic literature ?
I says to myself I've botched my chances by that; I surely have, if he meets up with Hal Clayton.
So, that feather-headed boy had botched things again
Having the natural feelings of a tradesman at finding that a job he should have been called in for had been unskilfully botched by his customers among themselves, he was disposed to say no.
He assumes that Christianity, as a product of the resentment of the botched and the weak, has put in ban all that is beautiful, strong, proud, and powerful, in fact all the qualities resulting from strength, and that, in consequence, all forces which tend to promote or elevate life have been seriously undermined.
His voice runs the full gamut of emotions as Ravic falls in love; faces life-and-death situations in the operating room, often repairing botched abortions; and contemplates the possibility of revenge for the torture he endured at the hands of the Gestapo.
Former president Benigno Aquino III pinned the blame entirely on sacked Special Action Force (SAF) director Getulio Napenas and said he had no command responsibility over the botched operation, according to his counter-affidavit submitted to the Ombudsman over a reckless imprudence charge filed against him.
BOTCHED cuts threaten to cripple the Army and could still end up costing more, it was warned yesterday.
In the light of the botched Oklahoma execution of an inmate, Robert Patton, Director of Oklahoma Department of Corrections in his report has requested Governor Mary Fallin to put an indefinite stay on executions in the state.
Each of their efforts is botched, but eventually they produce many miracles of love, forgiveness and renewal.
SYLVIA Webb, 46, lost three babies in botched heart operations for Fallot's Tetralogy.
Ilagan said the presence of drones could only point to America's hand behind the botched operation.