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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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  • It's also worth remembering that "borking" didn't really start with Bork.

    Robert Bork Michael Tomasky December 19, 2012
  • You can look all these people up if you wish, but the point is that there was borking before Bork.

    Robert Bork Michael Tomasky December 19, 2012
Contemporary definitions for borking

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 borking



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 borking



: 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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