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 The botched raid took place a couple of weeks later, in early May. Soon after Denman’s arrest, an interrogation video was played on Venezuelan state TV. NBC News, "Ex-Green Beret captured in Venezuela believed U.S. backed overthrow plot: family," 16 May 2020 In a botched demo, Tesla’s design chief cracked supposedly shatterproof glass. Washington Post, "U.S. core consumer price index rises in February," 11 Mar. 2020 ArmorGroup, a subsidiary of private security giant G4S, played a largely unknown role in the botched raid. Brett Murphy, USA Today, "Reporting on a deadly airstrike in Afghanistan," 9 Jan. 2020 And in 2015, there was that almost-supernatural event that unfolded as time expired when a botched punt was returned by Michigan State for the winning touchdown at the Big House. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Mark Dantonio knows what bothers Michigan State fans; he's bothered, too," 12 Nov. 2019 Beijing is deflecting internal discontent by standing up to the US, and has propagandized the botched American coronavirus response to imply the superiority of its own political system. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "What's happening between the US and China is no cold war," 8 May 2020 The botched acquisition meant HQ no longer had the money to sustain operations, Yusupov tweeted. Kurt Wagner, Bloomberg.com, "Inside the Seething Boardroom Drama That Poisoned HQ Trivia," 8 May 2020 Hawa Alam Nuristani, the new IEC chairwoman, inherited the task of finalizing results for the botched parliamentary race, and then led a national effort to register more people ahead of the presidential vote. Dan Xin Huang, The New Republic, "Afghanistan May Soon Have Peace. And the Cost Is Democracy.," 29 Apr. 2020 The real lesson to be learned from our botched response to COVID-19 is that giving the government control of the entire health-care system would be an enormous mistake. Charles Silver, National Review, "The Government’s COVID-19 Failures Are an Argument against Medicare for All," 14 Apr. 2020

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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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27 May 2020

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“Botched.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/botched. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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