Definition of Bork
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 Suddath, Time, 18 May 2009 Thus, with Bush determined to name an anti-abortion conservative, any nominee may end up Borked. — Rowland Evans and Robert Novak, Washington Post, 1 July 1991
borkingnoun So I shed no tears for Ashcroft, an unsavory figure who made Borking a central part of his Senate career. — Andrew Sullivan, New Republic, 29 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
First Known Use: 1987
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