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bork

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[ bawrk ]
/ bɔrk /
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verb (used with object)
to cause to malfunction, especially computer hardware or software: Installing updates in the wrong order will bork all of your saved games.The fonts are borked when the site is accessed from a mobile device.
to mess up, ruin, break, botch, etc.: He said all of the wrong things during his interview and completely borked his chances of being invited back.Of course I borked my leg on the first day of our ski trip.
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Origin of bork

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First recorded in 2000–05; perhaps an alteration of break, influenced by bork2

Other definitions for bork (2 of 2)

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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

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An Americanism dating back to 1988; after Judge Robert H. Bork, whose appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court was blocked in 1987 after an extensive media campaign by his opponents
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How to use bork in a sentence

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

    Robert Bork|Michael Tomasky|December 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
  • 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|DAILY BEAST
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