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Answer for the clue "An embarrassing mistake", 5 letters:
botch

Alternative clues for the word botch

Bungle

Muff

Mess up

Muck up

Make a mess of

Bollix

Mangle

Flub

Mess

Louse up

Word definitions for botch in dictionaries

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Word definitions in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
I. verb EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES ▪ Defense lawyers are arguing that the police botched the investigation. EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS ▪ Botched Not when he has botched reunification and his country's interest rates cripple home-owners and industries far beyond...

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Botch \Botch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Botched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Botching .] [See Botch , n.] To mark with, or as with, botches. Young Hylas, botched with stains. --Garth. To repair; to mend; esp. to patch in a clumsy or imperfect manner, as a garment; -- sometimes...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
Etymology 1 n. 1 An action, job, or task that has been performed very badly. 2 A patch put on, or a part of a garment patched or mended in a clumsy manner. 3 A ruined, defective, or clumsy piece of work; mess; bungle. 4 A mistake that is very stupid or...

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., bocchen "to repair," later, "to spoil by unskillful work" (1520s); of unknown origin. Related: Botched ; botching . As a noun from c.1600.

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. an embarrassing mistake [syn: blunder , blooper , bloomer , bungle , foul-up , fuckup , flub , boner , boo-boo ]

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
To botch in professional wrestling means to attempt a scripted move or spoken line that does not come out as it was originally planned due to a mistake, miscalculation, or a slip-up. Most botches are harmless, such as a wrestler simply flubbing a line or...

Usage examples of botch.

They handed Botch a naughty acting-out girl and got back this compliant little zombie.

In language and physical appearance, unlike this crude botch, it was flawless.

Let the fliers watch fuel economy and not botch their navigation, and there would be no splashes.

The divided command problem between MacArthur and Nimitz haunted the Pacific war and resulted in the stupendous botch at Leyte Gulf.

God can do that, the whole universe is a botch, and He is not an Almighty God.

Launching the words at her like so many spears, he shattered her dream of the loving parent as surely as Nhaille had botched her plan of escape.

Or parading past the Arc de Triomphe-why, the Reds who claim the resistance was botched will have a field day.

The attorney had botched only one major assignment since entering into his private relationship with the president of the W and P.

But lab results had been lost, tests botched, evidence turned up missing, and all the clues seemed to lead to dead ends.

But in this botched meeting, even that much might seem offensive disloyalty to Burne-Wilke.

Pity, that in His botched universe a Hector must unjustly die, and his poor corpse be dragged in the dust.

Dragged himself around for a week, taking aspirin, but then he triea an attack on a freighter and botched it.

And there had been more free time since he botched the L1 stabilization and Qiwi Lisolet took over.

I guess the doctor botched the delivery, and she had to have an emergency hysterectomy.

Bureaucratic botching, thoroughly unmilitary, characterized the execution of the policy from start to finish.