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bungle (verb) to do something badly; to fail to do something properly.

When you bungle something you do it badly, you don't do it according to the plan drawn, you make mistakes, and the result is a failure. He bungled up the party -- this means, the party was a failure and his mistakes were responsible for the failure. A bungled attempt at robbery is an unsuccessful attempt at robbery. The robbers' attempt failed because they made some mistake at some stage. He bungled in arranging accommodation for the guests. This means, because of his mistakes, the guests could not get proper accommodation.

  • The new recruit bungled up the examination arrangements. Some candidates received the wrong question papers, and some others did not even get the question papers.
  • You cannot entrust any job to Charles. He usually bungles. The last time that he executed an order, he sent the wrong books to some customers while some others complained that they had not received any books at all.
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