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v. bun·gled, bun·gling, bun·gles
To carry out badly or ruin through ineptitude; botch. See Synonyms at botch.
To work or act ineptly or inefficiently.
A clumsy or inept performance; a botch: made a bungle of the case due to inexperience.
[Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]
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