Botched

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  • No man ever yet undertook tew alter his natur by substituting sum invenshun ov his own, but what made a botch job ov it.

  • They should be smitten with the botch of Egypt, and a sore botch in the legs that cannot be healed.

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  • When man attempts to add a finishing-touch to the loveliness of the forest, lake, or ocean, he makes a botch of it.

  • You will have to give me instructions, and though I may botch the business, I'll save the meat.

  • I told him I was glad to hear it for I never tried to tell it myself without making a botch of it.

  • Both of them have made a botch of their errand,” said he, “and are causing the bride to wait in vain!

  • This state of affairs leads to makeshifts, and they in turn lead to botch work.

  • They've been running it for thousands of years—and look at the botch they've made of it!

  • They wasnt no sea nor shore for botch no more; they wasnt no earth, no heavens.

British Dictionary definitions for botch Expand

botch

/bɒtʃ/

verb (transitive) often foll by up
1.

to spoil through clumsiness or ineptitude

2.

to repair badly or clumsily

noun
3.

Also called botch-up. a badly done piece of work or repair (esp in the phrase make a botch of (something))

Derived Forms

botcher, noun

Word Origin

C14: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for botch Expand

v.

late 14c., bocchen "to repair," later, "to spoil by unskillful work" (1520s); of unknown origin. Related: Botched; botching. As a noun from c.1600.

botch in the Bible Expand

the name given in Deut. 28:27, 35 to one of the Egyptian plagues (Ex. 9:9). The word so translated is usually rendered "boil" (q.v.).

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