bungled

adjective
bun·​gled | \ˈbəŋ-gəld \

Definition of bungled 

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

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Second, the Obama administration’s bungled attempt to stabilize the Middle East by softening its approach to Iran had the opposite effect. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "A Crisis on Each End of Asia," 30 Apr. 2018 Without Trump’s rules of engagement, the bungled effort to soothe a mourning widow could easily have been resolved with a simple statement of clarification from the president. Philip Rucker, Washington Post, "In sparring with a grieving widow, Trump follows his no-apology playbook," 23 Oct. 2017 The announcement comes as the San Diego Association of Governments has been mired in scandal — including billions in bungled revenue projections and questions about whether there was an attempt to cover it up. Joshua Emerson Smith, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Embattled SANDAG leader, Gary Gallegos, to step down by end of the year," 8 Aug. 2017 But ultimately, the extensive lists of contaminants and the city's bungled education campaign may have resulted in a general recycling aversion. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Eco / Environment / News The truth about what happens when you recycle the wrong stuff in Chicago," 13 July 2017 A glaring example: the city’s commercial trash contract, the result of a bungled bidding process by the city manager and commission, has drawn the wrath of the oversight board. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "A year after fiscal meltdown, Opa-locka ‘barely bailing water out of boat’," 9 June 2017 Borrowers frequently complain about opaque, sloppy and bungled service from the companies hired to collect their payments. Stacy Cowley And Jessica Silver-greenberg, New York Times, "DeVos Halts Obama-Era Plan to Revamp Student Loan Management," 14 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of bungled

1619, in the meaning defined above

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