plural botch-ups
informal : an error or problem caused by ineptitude, carelessness, or mismanagement : foul-up
Casper's first days in the Peace Corps are filled with bureaucratic botch-ups.Michael Mewshaw

Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of botch-up was in 1926

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Cite this Entry

“Botch-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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