botched

adjective
\ ˈbächt How to pronounce botched (audio) \

Definition of botched

: unsuccessful because of being poorly done : spoiled by mistakes a botched attempt a botched recipe a botched medical procedure

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Examples of botched in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After arguing for nearly a decade that LaPorta shot himself in a botched suicide attempt, city attorneys now say Kelly pulled the trigger and lied about it for years. Stacy St. Clair, chicagotribune.com, "US appellate court denies full hearing in record $45 million CPD shooting case," 19 Apr. 2021 Needless to say, any botched attempt to upgrade an M1 Mac is unlikely to be looked upon kindly by Apple. Barry Collins, Forbes, "You Can Upgrade An M1 Mac - But You’d Be Insane To Try It," 7 Apr. 2021 Video of one such sequence — a botched dunk attempt in a Feb. 28 win over the Austin Spurs — went viral. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why Alen Smailagic's NBA career is on life support with Warriors," 13 Mar. 2021 The family of a 61-year-old inmate who died of the coronavirus sued state corrections officials Tuesday, blaming a botched transfer of infected inmates to San Quentin State Prison that killed 28 inmates and a correctional officer last year. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Hands Across America, whale watching, masked festival: News from around our 50 states," 18 Mar. 2021 The Chronicle was the first news outlet to reveal the botched transfer, and the newspaper’s reporting was cited in Justice Kline’s ruling. Jason Fagone, SFChronicle.com, "Newsom has been ordered to halve San Quentin’s population, but he may not release inmates," 26 Oct. 2020 This wasn’t a typical botched game from the Knicks of the recent past. BostonGlobe.com, "Celtics needed a gutsy effort: Enter Marcus Smart," 8 Apr. 2021 The alleged snooping was used to investigate employees and union organizers, check up on workers on medical leave and size up customers seeking refunds for botched orders. New York Times, "A ‘System of Espionage’ Reigned at Ikea, a French Prosecutor Charges," 7 Apr. 2021 Furthermore, in contrast to the botched U.S. COVID-19 response, other countries, particularly those outside of the traditional Western power centers, fared much better. Christopher Jackson, Scientific American, "We Must Enhance—but also Decolonize—America’s Global Health Diplomacy," 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of botched

1752, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of botched was in 1752

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6 May 2021

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“Botched.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/botched. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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