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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
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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.
Responding to Kishor who had termed the NRC exercise as 'botched up', Alok said: "What is strategic and systemic?
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