to do (something) badly; bungle (often followed by up):
His interference bollixed up the whole deal.
a confused bungle.
a rounded seed vessel or pod of a plant, as of flax or cotton. Heinrich (Theodor) [hahyn-rikh tey-aw-dohr] /ˈhaɪn rɪx ˈteɪ ɔˌdoʊr/ (Show IPA), 1917–85, German novelist and short-story writer: Nobel Prize 1972. Contemporary Examples Growth Stocks The Daily Beast October 16, 2014 Historical Examples The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore The Fabric of […]
a snout beetle, Anthonomus grandis, that attacks the bolls of cotton. Informal. (especially in the U.S. Congress) a Southern Democrat with conservative views who often votes with the Republicans as part of a Southern or conservative power bloc. Historical Examples Checking the Waste Mary Huston Gregory The Rural Life Problem of the United States Horace […]
pink bollworm. corn earworm. Historical Examples State of the Union Addresses of Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt noun any of various moth caterpillars, such as Pectinophora (or Platyedra) gossypiella (pink bollworm), that feed on and destroy cotton bolls noun
Jean de [French zhahn duh] /French ʒɑ̃ də/ (Show IPA), or Johan van [Flemish yoh-hahn vahn] /Flemish yoʊˈhɑn vɑn/ (Show IPA), or John, 1596–1665, Belgian Jesuit hagiographer. Historical Examples The Revellers Louis Tracy The Revellers Louis Tracy The Revellers Louis Tracy The Revellers Louis Tracy The Revellers Louis Tracy The Revellers Louis Tracy Punch, or […]