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

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of botch-up was in 1926

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“Botch-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/botch-up. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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