A botched or incompetently handled situation.
* 1888 , Henry Lawson, "".
*:The Soudan bungle 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”.
To botch up, bumble or incompetently perform a task; to make or mend clumsily; to manage awkwardly.
* 2014 , , "
Southampton hammer eight past hapless Sunderland in barmy encounter", The Guardian , 18 October 2014:
* 1853 , Charles Dickens, Bleak House , .
*: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 bungle at an easy job like this!”
- There was a whiff of farce about Southampton’s second goal too, as, six minutes later, a bungled Sunderland pass ricocheted off Will Buckley’s backside to the feet of Dusan Tadic.
- I always had an idea that it would be bungled .
(chiefly, British, NZ) to commit burglary.
, author=Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
, title=The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
, chapter=The Beryl Coronet
, publisher=The Gutenberg Project
, passage=Well, I hope to goodness the house won’t be burgled during the night.
(UK, sports) To take the ball legally from an opposing player.
, date=September 18
, author=Ben Dirs
, title=Rugby World Cup 2011: England 41-10 Georgia
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=And when scrum-half Ben Youngs, who had a poor game, was burgled by opposite number Irakli Abuseridze and the ball shipped down the line to Irakli Machkhaneli, it looked like Georgia had scored a try of their own, but the winger's foot was in touch.}}
* (chiefly North America) burglarize