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botch1

[boch] /bɒtʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to spoil by poor work; bungle (often followed by up):
He botched up the job thoroughly.
2.
to do or say in a bungling manner.
3.
to mend or patch in a clumsy manner.
noun
4.
a clumsy or poor piece of work; mess; bungle:
He made a complete botch of his first attempt at baking.
5.
a clumsily added part or patch.
6.
a disorderly or confused combination; conglomeration.
Origin of botch1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English bocchen to patch up; perhaps to be identified with bocchen to swell up, bulge (verbal derivative of bocche botch2), though sense development unclear
Related forms
botchedly
[boch-id-lee] /ˈbɒtʃ ɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
botcher, noun
botchery, noun
Synonyms
1. ruin, mismanage; muff, butcher, flub.

botch2

[boch] /bɒtʃ/
noun
1.
a swelling on the skin; a boil.
2.
an eruptive disease.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English bocche < Old French boche, dialectal variant of boce boss2
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  • No man ever yet undertook tew alter his natur by substituting sum invenshun ov his own, but what made a botch job ov it.

  • They should be smitten with the botch of Egypt, and a sore botch in the legs that cannot be healed.

    More Trivia Logan Pearsall Smith
  • When man attempts to add a finishing-touch to the loveliness of the forest, lake, or ocean, he makes a botch of it.

  • You will have to give me instructions, and though I may botch the business, I'll save the meat.

    A Mating in the Wilds Ottwell Binns
  • I told him I was glad to hear it for I never tried to tell it myself without making a botch of it.

  • Both of them have made a botch of their errand,” said he, “and are causing the bride to wait in vain!

  • This state of affairs leads to makeshifts, and they in turn lead to botch work.

  • They've been running it for thousands of years—and look at the botch they've made of it!

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • They wasnt no sea nor shore for botch no more; they wasnt no earth, no heavens.

    Every Man for Himself Norman Duncan
British Dictionary definitions for botch

botch

/bɒtʃ/
verb (transitive) often foll by up
1.
to spoil through clumsiness or ineptitude
2.
to repair badly or clumsily
noun
3.
Also called botch-up. a badly done piece of work or repair (esp in the phrase make a botch of (something))
Derived Forms
botcher, noun
Word Origin
C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for botch
v.

late 14c., bocchen "to repair," later, "to spoil by unskillful work" (1520s); of unknown origin. Related: Botched; botching. As a noun from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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botch in the Bible

the name given in Deut. 28:27, 35 to one of the Egyptian plagues (Ex. 9:9). The word so translated is usually rendered "boil" (q.v.).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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