bork

[bawrk]

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
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Contemporary Examples of bork

  • [M]ost fail to mention that antitrust, the law of competitive marketplaces, is the first area where Bork left his mark.

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    Bork Made Your Life Better

    Justin Green

    December 27, 2012

  • And Bork would never have thought that anyone owed him a word of thanks.

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    Bork Made Your Life Better

    Justin Green

    December 27, 2012

  • Bork did not meet these ordinary American consumers or businesses.

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    Bork Made Your Life Better

    Justin Green

    December 27, 2012

  • According to Bork, Richardson agreed to do so but he never did.

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    Bork and Watergate: A Tale of Duty

    Justin Green

    December 21, 2012

  • When I asked Richardson why he never defended Bork at the time—or later—his answer was classic Washington: “No one asked me.”

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    Bork and Watergate: A Tale of Duty

    Justin Green

    December 21, 2012

Historical Examples of bork

  • So Bork and Thorkel both ran forward and were quicker than Thorgeir.

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

  • 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.

    The Sky Is Falling

    Lester del Rey


Word Origin and History for bork
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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