Bork

transitive verb \ ˈbȯrk \
variants: or bork

Definition of Bork

Borked or borked; Borking or borking; Borks or borks
US politics, slang
: to attack or defeat (a nominee or candidate for public office) unfairly through an organized campaign of harsh public criticism or vilification
  • In 1987, conservative judge Robert Bork endured such virulent criticism … that to this day, a nominee sidelined by activists is said to have been “borked.”
  • —Claire SuddathTime18 May 2009
  • Thus, with Bush determined to name an anti-abortion conservative, any nominee may end up Borked.
  • —Rowland Evans and Robert NovakWashington Post1 July 1991

Borking

or borking noun
    • So I shed no tears for Ashcroft, an unsavory figure who made Borking a central part of his Senate career.
    • —Andrew SullivanNew Republic29 Jan. 2001

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Origin and Etymology of bork

after Robert Bork †2012 U.S. jurist whose nomination to the Supreme Court was rejected in 1987


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