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Botch   Listen
noun
Botch  n.  (pl. botches)  
1.
A swelling on the skin; a large ulcerous affection; a boil; an eruptive disease. (Obs. or Dial.) "Botches and blains must all his flesh emboss."
2.
A patch put on, or a part of a garment patched or mended in a clumsy manner.
3.
Work done in a bungling manner; a clumsy performance; a piece of work, or a place in work, marred in the doing, or not properly finished; a bungle. "To leave no rubs nor botches in the work."






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"Botch" Quotes from Famous Books



... little suits." He gazed at Austen a moment with his small, filmy-blue eye. "I don't know but what you might take hold here and make it hot for those d-d rascals in the Northeastern, after all. You couldn't botch it worsen Hammer has, and you might do some good. I said I'd make 'em dance, and by G-d, I'll do it, if I have to pay that Teller Levering in New York, and it takes the rest of my life. Look the ...
— The Crossing • Winston Churchill

... Confutation on the Emperor, however, was not at all what its authors desired and anticipated. Disgusted with the miserable bulky botch, the Emperor convened the estates on July 15, and they resolved to return the bungling document to the theologians for revision. Tone, method, plan, everything displeased the Emperor and estates to such an extent that they expunged almost one-third of it. Intentionally ...
— Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church • Friedrich Bente

... animum referebam"] ... Could I then upbraid you with blindness who did not know that you were blind,—with personal deformity who believed you even good-looking, chiefly in consequence of having seen the rather neat likeness of you prefixed to your Poems [Marshall's ludicrous botch of 1645 which Milton had disowned] ... Nor did I know any more that you had written on Divorce. I have never read that book of yours; I have never seen it ... I will have done with this subject. That book is not mine. I have published, and shall yet publish, other books, not one letter of which ...
— The Life of John Milton, Volume 5 (of 7), 1654-1660 • David Masson

... botch up her interior so that she moved unpushed is a mystery which Aristide, not divining, could not reveal; and when and where he himself learned to drive a motor-car is also vague. I believe the knowledge ...
— The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol • William J. Locke

... catch kitchen botch hatch scratch patch latch Dutch watch Mitchell satchel thatch ditch ...
— Orthography - As Outlined in the State Course of Study for Illinois • Elmer W. Cavins

... wanted to out of Uncle Ezra. It was plain that he didn't think there was anything in that map. Well, as Elam said, it was all in a lifetime. My time wasn't worth anything to me, for I had men to do the work, and if I made a botch of it, if there wasn't anything to be made by digging up that gully, there was one thing out of the way. Elam was bound to become a cattle-herder in case this thing failed. He was determined to go to ...
— Elam Storm, The Wolfer - The Lost Nugget • Harry Castlemon

... devils that suggest by treasons Do botch and bungle up damnation With patches, colours, and with forms being fetch'd From ...
— William Shakespeare • John Masefield

... been here long enough to know better than this. What do you mean by standing there like a wooden post right beside this man and letting him make such a botch ...
— Analyzing Character • Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb

... unite its divers elements. A five-storied house, a shaky house, leaning over to one side, with creaking floors and crumbling ceilings. The rain came through into the rooms under the roof in which Christophe and Olivier lived: they had had to have the workmen in to botch up the roof as best they could: Christophe could hear them working and talking overhead. There was one man in particular who amused and exasperated him: he never stopped talking to himself, and laughing, and singing, ...
— Jean Christophe: In Paris - The Market-Place, Antoinette, The House • Romain Rolland

... they, her botch-work, turn about And stare disdain at me, her finished job? Why was the place one vast suspended shout Of laughter? Why did all the daylight throb With soundless guffaw ...
— Gloucester Moors and Other Poems • William Vaughn Moody

... kneading and baking! Even such a Potter were Destiny, with a human soul that would rest and lie at ease, that would not work and spin! Of an idle unrevolving man the kindest Destiny, like the most assiduous Potter without wheel, can bake and knead nothing other than a botch; let her spend on him what expensive coloring, what gilding and enameling she will, he is but a botch. Not a dish; no, a bulging, kneaded, crooked, shambling, squint-cornered, amorphous botch,—a mere enameled vessel of dishonor! Let the idle think ...
— The Best of the World's Classics, Vol. V (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland III • Various

... She could have made a better world herself—a finer, squarer world. This being so, then there was no God. God could not make a botch. The matron had been wrong, her mother had been wrong. Then there was no immortality, and Bert, wild and crazy Bert, falling at her front gate with his foolish death-cry, was right. One was a long ...
— The Valley of the Moon • Jack London

... which weakens the defence of a nation, and lessens the comfort of living. Men, thinly scattered, make a shift, but a bad shift, without many things. A smith is ten miles off: they'll do without a nail or a staple. A taylor is far from them: they'll botch their own clothes. It is being concentrated which produces ...
— The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D. • James Boswell

... acquired immense fame. Rumor said he murdered his beautiful young wife, and abandoned the world. Be this as it may, he certainly lived a nasty life. Mr. Traveller tried to bring him back into society, but a tinker said to him "Take my word for it, when iron is thoroughly rotten, you can never botch it, do what you may."—C. Dickens, ...
— Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama - A Revised American Edition of the Reader's Handbook, Vol. 3 • E. Cobham Brewer

... as he departed, "how foreign parts do spoil a gentleman! so mild as he was once! I must botch up the accounts, I see,—the ...
— Alice, or The Mysteries, Book II • Edward Bulwer Lytton

... good fairy we are. If the Colonel is there, so much the worse for one or the other of us." He laughed contentedly. "Beauvais took my warning and lit out, or his henchman would never have made a botch of the abduction. It is my opinion that Madame wanted a hostage, for it is impossible to conceive that the man made the attempt on his own responsibility. I shall return to the duchy in a semi-official character as ...
— The Puppet Crown • Harold MacGrath

... Tully, stroking her head clumsily with his large hand. "I've made a botch of it. I'd ought to 'a' ...
— In Exile and Other Stories • Mary Hallock Foote

... said, 'which the clumsy fellow who renovated this bust always stuffed into the Leonardos which he was called upon to botch—you still have that?" ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, October 28, 1914 • Various

... leisure hours content to smile over the details of a clever fraud. Then, says the cultured American, 'Give us time. Give us time, and we shall arrive.' The otherwise American, who is aggressive, straightway proceeds to thrust a piece of half-hanged municipal botch-work under the nose of the alien as a sample of perfected effort. There is nothing more delightful than to sit for a strictly limited time with a child who tells you what he means to do when he is a man; but when that ...
— Letters of Travel (1892-1913) • Rudyard Kipling

... cocking his eye, make no bones with him; send for a bricklayer, and see the stumps driven into the ground yourself. The four outside lines being laid down with perfect truth, it must be a bungling fellow indeed that cannot do the rest; but if they be only a little askew, you have a botch in your eye for the rest of your life, and a botch of your own making too. Gardeners seldom want for confidence in their own abilities; but this affair of raising perpendiculars upon a given line is a thing settled ...
— The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, No. 335 - Vol. 12, No. 335, October 11, 1828 • Various

... begin and where to leave off; but the thing is to do it neatly, without making a botch. ...
— Baby Pitcher's Trials - Little Pitcher Stories • Mrs. May

... honorary distinction of private tutor added to his name. Dame ——s, an irreproachable spinster of forty, discovers that of Mr. Probe, man-midwife, appended to her own. Mr. Primefit, the Eton Stultz, is changed into Botch, the cobbler. Diodorus Drowsy, D.D., of Windsor, is re-christened Diggory Drenchall, common brewer; and the amiable Mrs. Margaret Sweet, the Eton pastry-cook and confectioner, finds her name united in bands of brass with Mr. Benjamin Bittertart, ...
— The English Spy • Bernard Blackmantle



Words linked to "Botch" :   faux pas, botch up, botchy, fumble, fuckup, bollocks up, boo-boo, flub, screw up, fault, bollocks, louse up, blow, muff, mishandle, blunder, boner, bollix, slip, clanger, ball up, mess up, fluff, fail, blooper, gaucherie, misstep



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