\ˈbächt \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for botched


awkward, bungling, clumsy, fumbled, inept, inexpert, maladroit


adroit, deft, dexterous (also dextrous), facile

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But a botched rundown involving the Cubs’ infielders allowed Yelich to remain on second while Lorenzo Cain reached first safely. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs manage just two hits in 4-0 loss to Brewers," 13 June 2018 Witnesses testified at trial that the killing was in retaliation for Menchaca stabbing Lopez in the back days earlier over a botched drug deal. Fox News, "Man convicted in Texas dismemberment slaying," 6 June 2018 What happened in the basement of the House of Special Purpose on Voznesensky Prospekt, Ekaterinburg, in the early hours of July 17, 1918, was nothing less than ugly, crazed and botched murder. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Inside the Romanov Family's Final Days," 1 July 2018 He was charged with another run on a botched fielding play by backup shortstop Yadiel Rivera, who lost track of a routine pop in the first. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "This Marlins pitcher is 0-6. Don't blame him.," 13 May 2018 After a botched attempt to establish a settlement, Raleigh sent a second group of colonists in 1587, led by John White and comprising more families. Gillian Brockell, Washington Post, "Dismissed as a forgery, could a mysterious stone found near Roanoke’s ‘Lost Colony’ be real?," 5 July 2018 The pharmaceutical company also raised fears that the drug could lead to a botched execution, citing cases that apparently went awry elsewhere around the country. Author: Ken Ritter, Michelle L. Price, Anchorage Daily News, "Execution blocked after company objects to use of its drug," 12 July 2018 The older the drug the greater the likelihood of a botched execution. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Texas prisons taking heat over aging execution drugs experts say could cause 'torturous' deaths," 17 May 2018 Amber's squishy lumps are technically referred to as keloids, usually caused by skin trauma and broken cartilage, and thus are very common after a botched ear piercing., "The First Episode Of Dr. Pimple Popper Is A Popaholic's Dream Come True," 12 July 2018

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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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