Definition of 'bungle'
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Police apologised after the bungled raid but advised the couple to get rid of the plant. The Sun (2011)We need saving from such bungling incompetence. The Sun (2011)Police were accused of bungling the investigation. Times, Sunday Times (2014)They were said to have made it look as though she died during a bungled robbery. The Sun (2008)Japanese police bungled a raid on the home of the key suspect. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It may also blur the fact that it is the minister who shoulders political responsibility for any misjudgment or bungled operation. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Yesterday's stats were put out early after bungling officials released them too soon. The Sun (2009)The 1,000 trip was booked by a bungling official. The Sun (2015)Yes, that means more criminals in the dock and fewer bungled investigations. Times, Sunday Times (2007)He was arrested in 1979 over a bungled post office robbery and got two years. The Sun (2011)Her lawyers insist she is the victim of a bungled MI5 operation and are mounting an appeal. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Evidence that British officials bungled the ink cartridge bomb crisis grew yesterday. The Sun (2010)From the beginning, the rescue operation was bungled. Times, Sunday Times (2006)A bungled attempt at architectural balloon art? Times, Sunday Times (2014)FAMILIES helped themselves to 500,000 which rained down after a bungled robbery. The Sun (2013)And crucial files from the bungled police investigation were'lost '. The Sun (2014)Far from being a case of bungled incompetence, this has been a cynical political calculation to undermine Labour. Times, Sunday Times (2015)
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Translations for 'bungle'
British English: bungle VERB
If you bungle something, you fail to do it properly, because you make mistakes or are clumsy.
Two prisoners bungled an escape bid.
Definition of bungle from the Collins English Dictionary
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