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Botch   /bɑtʃ/   Listen

(pl. botches)
An embarrassing mistake.  Synonyms: bloomer, blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, bungle, flub, foul-up, fuckup, pratfall.

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"Botch" Quotes from Famous Books

... economy, surely it is better that Emma, who knows how, should mend the clothes, than that I should botch them up in any way, when I can earn more ...
— Magnum Bonum • Charlotte M. Yonge

... getting the sack could be called an incentive, for it was a moral certainty that any man who was caught taking time and pains with his work would be promptly presented with the order of the boot. But there was plenty of incentive to hurry and scamp and slobber and botch. ...
— The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists • Robert Tressell

... the marriage, like any other marriage, has only to be a "true" one for the scandal of a breach not to show. The thing "done," artistically, is a fusion, or it has not BEEN done—in which case of course the artist may be, and all deservedly, pelted with any fragment of his botch the critic shall choose to pick up. But his ground once conquered, in this particular field, he knows nothing of fragments and may say in all security: "Detach one if you can. You can analyse in YOUR way, ...
— The Awkward Age • Henry James

... wrought out,' he thought to himself. 'Even damnation may be finely imagined for me in the night. I have come so far. Now I must get clarity and courage to follow out the theme. I don't want to botch ...
— The Trespasser • D.H. Lawrence

... the sort of business that had run me through the tortures specially prepared for those who flatter themselves they are better able to manage other people's business than their own. I had gone in so deep I determined to wade through to the finish, no matter if I did botch it. A craftsman such as I was ...
— Cupid's Middleman • Edward B. Lent

... to help me; I knew 'twas the best she could do; But oh, what a botch she had made it— The grey mis-matching ...
— Separation and Service - or Thoughts on Numbers VI, VII. • James Hudson Taylor

... Convention or the (National Union) League have concluded to decide that I am the greatest or best man in America, but rather they have concluded that it is best not to swap horses while crossing the river, and have further concluded that I am not so poor a horse that they might not make a botch of it trying ...
— Lincoln • Nathaniel Wright Stephenson

... possess, and so he toils forever more, and often in distress. His whiskers and his hair are long, and in the zephyrs wave, because—alas! such things are wrong—he can't afford a shave. His trousers bag about the knees, his ancient coat's a botch; his shoes allow his feet to freeze, he bears a dollar watch. And when the grocer's store he seeks to buy a can of hash, in frigid tones the merchant speaks: "I'll have to have the cash!" And when he's dead a hundred years the people will arise, and praise the man who ...
— Rippling Rhymes • Walt Mason

Words linked to "Botch" :   slip, trip-up, snafu, misstep, howler, faux pas, stumble, fault, fail, spectacle, bull, error, clanger, gaucherie, solecism, trip, gaffe, miscarry, screw up, botcher, go wrong, mistake

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