bun·​gled | \ ˈbəŋ-gəld How to pronounce bungled (audio) \

Definition of bungled

: badly done : unsuccessful because of mistakes : botched a bungled robbery a badly bungled attempt

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Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this month, for instance, the FDA announced an embarrassing backpedal in its bungled attempt to ban Juul e-cigarette products. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 27 July 2022 After abandoning its bungled attempt to storm Kyiv two months ago, Russia declared that taking the entire Donbas is its main objective. Hanna Arhirova, BostonGlobe.com, 7 June 2022 The bungled response to a problem discovered two weeks before the election left many key primary races hanging for over a week after Election Day. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 6 June 2022 But in the short term and long, the world appears more at risk of a nuclear conflict as a result of Putin’s bungled invasion and nuclear threats, according to arms control experts and negotiators. Ellen Knickmeyer, chicagotribune.com, 2 Apr. 2022 Some Hollywood insiders say Chapek’s bungled response reflects a lack of experience in the creative side of Hollywood before taking the CEO job. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2022 Washington will need to do better than Mr. Biden’s bungled summit. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 But the district’s bungled effort to test tens of thousands of students over winter break only added to parents’ and teachers’ concerns. New York Times, 4 Jan. 2022 The return to lethal injections in the state where the method was created follows a series of bungled and gruesome executions in 2014 and 2015. Graham Lee Brewer, NBC News, 28 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bungled

1619, in the meaning defined above

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“Bungled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bungled. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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