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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Defense lawyers are arguing that the police botched the investigation.
Botched Not when he has botched reunification and his country's interest rates cripple home-owners and industries far beyond his own borders.
▪ Anglers wait a lifetime for such a chance, and I had botched mine.
▪ Baldwin, the poor schlemiel, is talked into committing a murder, which he botches badly.
▪ California did not deregulate its electricity system-the government changed the regulations, and botched the job.
▪ The handover to Edinburgh, Cardiff and London was botched, but it was Labour that created the new bodies.
▪ The others were beheaded first; her executioner botched her beheading and left her to endure a three-day death.
▪ We talked earlier about the computer marketing firm that had badly botched one of its first major corporate sales.
▪ Kyoto was a botch from the start, and it was inevitable it would come unstuck.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Botch \Botch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Botched; p. pr. & vb. n. Botching.] [See Botch, n.]

  1. To mark with, or as with, botches.

    Young Hylas, botched with stains.

  2. To repair; to mend; esp. to patch in a clumsy or imperfect manner, as a garment; -- sometimes with up.

    Sick bodies . . . to be kept and botched up for a time.
    --Robynson (More's Utopia).

  3. To put together unsuitably or unskillfully; to express or perform in a bungling manner; to bungle; to spoil or mar, as by unskillful work.

    For treason botched in rhyme will be thy bane.


Botch \Botch\, n.; pl. Botches. [Same as Boss a stud. For senses 2 & 3 cf. D. botsen to beat, akin to E. beat.]

  1. A swelling on the skin; a large ulcerous affection; a boil; an eruptive disease. [Obs. or Dial.]

    Botches and blains must all his flesh emboss.

  2. A patch put on, or a part of a garment patched or mended in a clumsy manner.

  3. Work done in a bungling manner; a clumsy performance; a piece of work, or a place in work, marred in the doing, or not properly finished; a bungle.

    To leave no rubs nor botches in the work.

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.


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 embarrassing. 5 A messy, disorderly or confusing combination; conglomeration; hodgepodge. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To perform (a task) in an unacceptable or incompetent manner; to make a mess of something; to ruin; to bungle; to spoil; to destroy. 2 To do something without skill, without care, or clumsily. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context obsolete English) A tumour or other malignant swelling. 2 A case or outbreak of boils or sores.


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


v. make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement" [syn: bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up]

Botch (professional wrestling)

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 missing a cue, or falling before his or her opponent's move actually connects. At times, however, a poorly timed or executed move has resulted in serious injury or even death. Sin Cara is famously known for botching moves.


Botch, as a verb, is nearly synonymous with "to bungle" or "to ruin".

Botch, Botched or Botcher may also refer to:

  • Botch (professional wrestling), a slang term for missing a scripted wrestling move
  • Botch (band), an American metalcore band
  • Botched (film), a 2007 horror film
  • Botched (TV series), an American reality TV series
    • Botched by Nature, a spin-off TV series
  • Di Botcher, Welsh actress
Botch (engineering)

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Botch (band)

Botch was an American metalcore band formed in 1993 in Tacoma, Washington. The band, featuring Brian Cook, Dave Knudson, Tim Latona and Dave Verellen, spent four years as a garage band and released several demos and EPs before signing to Hydra Head Records. Through the label, Botch released two studio albums: American Nervoso (1998) and We Are the Romans (1999). The group toured extensively and internationally in support of their albums with liked-minded bands such as The Blood Brothers, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Ink & Dagger and Jesuit. Botch struggled to write a third studio album, and in 2002 the group broke up due to tensions among the band members and creative differences. Hydra Head posthumously released an EP of songs the group had been working on before they split titled An Anthology of Dead Ends, and a live album documenting their final show titled 061502 in 2006.

After Botch broke up, most of the members went on to form or join new bands in the Seattle/Tacoma area including: Minus the Bear, Mouth of the Architect, Narrows, Roy, Russian Circles and These Arms Are Snakes. The complex tree of interchanging band members among these newly formed groups has been described as "incestuous."

While Botch received high levels of acclaim from several music publications and was cited as an influence among numerous hardcore bands in the years following their break up, the group was initially cast aside by the local Washington underground hardcore scene. The group spent their active years "poking fun" at the local music scene by avoiding common hardcore clichés. Botch composed complex music later to be known as mathcore opposing the simple "chugga-chugga" riffs, they were unique in terms of presentation, opposing common norms of what was accepted in the underground community. Overall, the band, avoided the common "skull and crossbone" imagery, and wrote lyrics that were abstract and about personal experiences opposing the common political or straight edge lyrics of their peers.

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.