to spoil by poor work; bungle (often followed by up): He botched up the job thoroughly.
to do or say in a bungling manner.
to mend or patch in a clumsy manner.
a clumsy or poor piece of work; bungle: He made a complete botch of his first attempt at baking.
a clumsily added part or patch.
a disorderly or confused combination.
- botch·er, noun
- botch·er·y, noun
Other definitions for botch (2 of 2)
a swelling on the skin; a boil.
an eruptive disease.
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How to use botch in a sentence
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And if you don't botch the interview, you're pretty much in.
If you don't botch the questionnaire, you are summoned for a one-on-one interview with Pierre.
If you don't botch the email, Pierre will send you a questionnaire-style application form.
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I knowed twas botch, without lookin, for it couldnt be nothin else.
When botch thunkwhen he got hard at ittwould give you the shivers.
They wasnt no sea nor shore for botch no more; they wasnt no earth, no heavens.
botch-work and bungling are inexcusable, as well in writing as in the transaction of business.Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889 | Barkham Burroughs
I am at present here to botch up a piece of work, which was originally well imagined but badly executed.
British Dictionary definitions for botch
to spoil through clumsiness or ineptitude
to repair badly or clumsily
Also called: botch-up a badly done piece of work or repair (esp in the phrase make a botch of (something))
- botcher, noun
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