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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BUNGLE

In the first place she'll be sorry for you, because you will make such a bungle of it.

Sure, now, didn't he give you my message, or did he bungle it?

He must understand his position, so as not to bungle the thing.

"I made a false step there; but it was just like me to bungle," continued Gaston.

He never hesitated, nor did he hurry and make a bungle of it.

The Pomeranian was too scared, and Bungle and Popocatepetl were too angry.

What a bungle those boatmen are making of the steamer-ropes!

In the course of the following morning she tried to do so, and made a bungle of it.

Chub would be willing enough, but he would only bungle things.

She would not bungle over it like a great, awkward fellow like himself.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, origin obscure. OED suggests imitative; perhaps a mix of boggle and bumble, or more likely from a Scandinavian word akin to Swedish bangla "to work ineffectually," Old Swedish bunga "to strike" (cf. German Bengel "cudgel," also "rude fellow"). Related: Bungled; bungling.

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