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bork

[bawrk] /bɔrk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to attack (a candidate or public figure) systematically, especially in the media.
Origin of bork
1988
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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  • bork snapped the side of the egg open and stepped out while the others followed.

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

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  • He moved down the aisle, not glancing at the seated Satheri, until he was facing the old man, drawing Nema and bork with him.

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  • It wasn't until bork's big hand reached in to help him that he made it.

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  • Now the immediate pressure was gone, and Hanson was relaxing with bork and Nema.

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Contemporary definitions for bork
verb

to seek to obstruct a political appointment or selection; also, to attack a political opponent viciously

Word Origin

from the incident involving Robert Bork, US Supreme Court nominee in 1987

Usage Note

politics

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Word Origin and History for bork
v.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bork

bork

noun

: close ranks to coordinate a huge preemptive bork

verb

To mount an intense campaign against a political appointee; bushwhack: ''We're going to Bork him,'' proclaimed a feminist advocate

[late 1980s+; fr the experience of Judge Robert Bork, whose 1987 nomination to the Supreme Court was rejected by strong concerted opposition]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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