botch


botch
botch vb Botch, bungle, fumble, muff, cobble mean to handle or treat awkwardly or unskillfully.
Botch may imply repairing or mending, but it frequently implies a making or forming by patching or by putting together out of pieces. It consistently suggests incompetence and a spoiling or marring of the thing produced, whatever its character
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botch a job

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an assemblage of ill-informed gentlemen who have botched every business they have ever undertaken— Shaw

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the suit was vilely botched and skimped . . . and now it was too late to remedy the defect— Wolfe

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Bungle implies ignorance, ineffectualness, or clumsiness in design or execution or an inability to use materials with skill or competence
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the plans were badly bungled

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he has completely bungled the matter

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some singularly excellent recordings side by side with some pretty bungled ones— P. H. Lang

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some Occupation officials said and did stupid things, and inexperience led to bunglingSat. Review

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Fumble stresses clumsy or unskillful use of the hands especially in uncertain attempts to reach, take, or grasp something or in groping in the dark for something
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a football player who seldom fumbles

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recovered himself, fumbled with his cap, and made a bow— Dickens

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his old fingers fumbling absently for the beard which wasn't there— Mary Austin

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so she fumbled about in the dim light, and brought her brother his bread and butter and meat— Deland

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Occasionally it suggests the awkward un-certainty not of hands or fingers but of mind or soul
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a hesitant speaker fumbling for the right words

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never fumbling with what she has to say, never . . . imperfectly presenting her thought— Arnold

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Muff, a word much used in sports, especially implies an unskillful performance or a bad play (as in catching a ball, firing a shot, or wielding a golf stick)
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muff a stroke

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he muffed the ball

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Consequently muff in more general use often means to fail by bungling or fumbling
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muff an opportunity

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he muffed his chances for the nomination

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Cobble is much like botch, though it basically implies the mending or patching of shoes; in more general use it stresses a patching or putting together of something in a crude or clumsy manner
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even generous critics . . . attribute to him a limit in narrative stamina ... his wind gave out too soon, forcing him to cobble things up out of tone—J. C. Furnas

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Analogous words: patch, *mend, repair: *treat, handle: multilate (see MAIM): wreck, *ruin

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