\ 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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And Jia recently settled a lawsuit filed by Vizio over the botched acquisition, though the amount paid out was not disclosed. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Faraday Future CEO’s long trail of debt is finally catching up to him," 8 Dec. 2018 The week after Trump’s inauguration, a U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in a botched raid north of Abyan that was anticipated by al-Qaeda. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "U.S. airstrikes are pounding the group in Yemen, yet the militants fight on fiercely," 6 July 2018 Even if Thursday’s cuts and business sales solve the problems with its first botched acquisition, Bayer still needs to deal with its second mess—mounting lawsuits against Roundup. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Another Bad Deal for Bayer," 29 Nov. 2018 In June, the nation's highest court ordered that Correa be included in the investigation into the botched 2012 kidnapping of Balda in Bogota, Colombia, where the outspoken legislator had sought refuge after an escalating feud with the president. Gonzalo Solano, Fox News, "Ex-Ecuador president ordered jailed after missing court date," 3 July 2018 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

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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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marked by shyness and lack of polish

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