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[bawrk] /bɔrk/
verb (used with object)
to attack (a candidate or public figure) systematically, especially in the media.
Origin of bork
1988, Americanism; after Judge Robert H. Bork, whose appointment to the Supreme Court was blocked in 1987 after an extensive media campaign by his opponents Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • So bork and Thorkel both ran forward and were quicker than Thorgeir.

  • Why not send for my friend, the famous Doctor bork, of Christiania?

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  • A minute later Hanson, bork and Nema were alone with the old man.

    The Sky Is Falling Lester del Rey
  • Behind him, he heard bork's chuckle and the soft laughter of Sather Karf.

    The Sky Is Falling Lester del Rey
  • There was a sharp explosion, a hissing, and bork's voice calling.

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Contemporary definitions for bork

to seek to obstruct a political appointment or selection; also, to attack a political opponent viciously

Word Origin

from the incident involving Robert Bork, US Supreme Court nominee in 1987

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Word Origin and History for bork

1987, "to discredit a candidate for some position by savaging his or her career and beliefs," from name of U.S. jurist Robert H. Bork (1927-2012), whose Supreme Court nomination in 1987 was rejected after an intense counter-campaign.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bork



: close ranks to coordinate a huge preemptive bork


To mount an intense campaign against a political appointee; bushwhack: ''We're going to Bork him,'' proclaimed a feminist advocate

[late 1980s+; fr the experience of Judge Robert Bork, whose 1987 nomination to the Supreme Court was rejected by strong concerted opposition]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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