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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



verb (transitive) often foll by up

to spoil through clumsiness or ineptitude


to repair badly or clumsily


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


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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