bork

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bork

(bɔːk)
vb (tr)
1. to incorrectly configure a device, esp a computer
2. to cause damage to
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) jocular US to disrespect or vilify, esp in order to obstruct a person's appointment to public office

bork

(bɔrk)
v.t.
to attack (a candidate or public figure) systematically, esp. in the media.
[1988, Amer.; after Judge Robert H. Bork, whose appointment to the Supreme Court was blocked in 1987 after an extensive media campaign by his opponents]
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In back room parlance, the marching orders to staffers on the Democratic side were, more often than not, "Bork the candidate"; if successful, they gloated among themselves that the nominee "had been Borked."
In this fine book John Maltese argues that John Rutledge was the first Supreme Court nominee to be "Borked," that is, "to unleash a lobbying and public relations campaign of the kind employed successfully against Robert Bork."