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Obstruct (someone, especially a candidate for public office) by systematically defaming or vilifying them:‘‘We're going to bork him’, said an opponent’‘is fear of borking scaring people from public office?’
- ‘The Democrats' attempted borking of Thomas was one of the low moments of modern political history, one that I believe nearly all thinking Democrats are ashamed of.’
- ‘Don't go borking someone you don't even know.’
- ‘More preposterous still, they're disguising this pre-emptive borking as a plea for a "consensus" choice.’
- ‘For five months, I quietly endured the Senator borking me as someone not "committed to bridging differences and bringing peace" and a Washington Post editorial criticizing me as "a destroyer" of cultural bridges, among other slings.’
- ‘They said nothing about the borking of Gore—and they said nothing about Michael Kelly's excesses.’
- ‘The term ‘borking’ has come to mean unfair opposition to a judicial nominee, but what is borking and what is legitimate ‘advice and consent,’ as called for under the Constitution, remains unclear.’
- ‘Horace Cooper recalls the pre-Bork borking of this judge.’
- ‘In short, this is borking pure and simple.’
- ‘If the Democrats really wanted to stop him, they'd bork him—bork him like nobody has ever been borked before.’
- ‘Of course, the fact that the press borked Gore for twenty straight months will seldom be mentioned in the press corps' narrations.’
1980s: from the name of Robert Bork (1927–2012), an American judge whose nomination to the Supreme Court (1987) was rejected following unfavourable publicity for his allegedly extreme views.
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