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Botch   Listen
verb
Botch  v. t.  (past & past part. botched; pres. part. botching)  
1.
To mark with, or as with, botches. "Young Hylas, botched with stains."
2.
To repair; to mend; esp. to patch in a clumsy or imperfect manner, as a garment; sometimes with up. "Sick bodies... to be kept and botched up for a time."
3.
To put together unsuitably or unskillfully; to express or perform in a bungling manner; to bungle; to spoil or mar, as by unskillful work. "For treason botched in rhyme will be thy bane."






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"Botch" Quotes from Famous Books



... yourself unable to give reasons, or you entangle yourself in contradictions. In short, you flounder about helplessly and feel as though the bottom of your ship of knowledge has dropped out. And when the ordeal is over and you have made a miserable botch of a recitation which you thought you had been perfectly prepared for, you complain that "if the instructor had followed the book," or "if he had asked straight questions," you would have answered every one perfectly, having memorized the lesson ...
— How to Use Your Mind • Harry D. Kitson

... Etienne, with a grin at his own wit, "by a secret passage similar to the one by which I entered your room just now. We are to await a signal from my master—the raising of his sword—and then we are to fall upon you and make sure of our work. He warned me that if we made a botch of it you would probably send us all to Heaven, and if we let aught be known about it, we should all be hanged; and so, methinks, I had better go ...
— Marguerite De Roberval - A Romance of the Days of Jacques Cartier • T. G. Marquis

... 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 ...
— The Best of the World's Classics, Vol. V (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland III • Various



Words linked to "Botch" :   muff, mishandle, fault, pratfall, bollix up, fumble, boo-boo, gaucherie, spectacle, foul up, slip, foul-up, trip-up, spoil, fluff, clanger, miscarry, bollocks up, misstep, stumble, bloomer, blooper, botchy, gaffe, screw up, solecism, boner, louse up, ball up, botcher, bumble, bungle, go wrong, blow, bollocks, muck up, blunder



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