- A botched or incompetently handled situation.
verb (bungl, ing)
1888 The Soudan was born partly of sentimental loyalty and partly of the aforementioned jealousy existing between the colonies, and now at a time when the colonies should club closer together our Government is doing all they can to widen the breach by trying to pass a bill enabling New South Wales to monopolise the name "Australia". " Henry Lawson, "s:United Division, United Division".
- To botch up, bumble or incompetently perform a task.
Etymology: Perhaps Old Norse
1853 His hand shakes, he is nervous, and it falls off. "Would any one believe this?" says he, catching it as it drops and looking round. "I am so out of sorts that I at an easy job like this!" " Charles Dickens, Bleak House, s:Bleak House/Chapter XLIX, Chapter 49.
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