verb (used with object)
Origin of botch1
Synonyms for botch
Examples from the Web for botching
Republicans are perfectly capable of botching races, and with the Senate, Democrats lose in 2014, they gain it in 2016.
The man behind the new ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Wars’ movies is mixing genres, botching continuity, and ignoring solid science.
Yang was a terrible leader whose biggest accomplishment was botching a $48.5 billion buyout offer from Microsoft.
Rep. Charlie Wilson needs a bailout of his own—from Barney Frank, no less—after botching a question for the entire panel.
The next day she had many things to do and succeeded in botching most of them.The Paliser case|Edgar Saltus
While he is trotting after his patients, she sits there botching socks.Madame Bovary|Gustave Flaubert
I found her with her mother, rosary in hand, while her noble father was botching old boots.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
As he did it, he saw he was botching it just like everything else.The Happy Unfortunate|Robert Silverberg
I'm here to keep you from botching things up still worse for the Trading Commission, that's all.Letter of the Law|Alan Edward Nourse
verb (tr often foll by up)
Word Origin for botch
late 14c., bocchen "to repair," later, "to spoil by unskillful work" (1520s); of unknown origin. Related: Botched; botching. As a noun from c.1600.