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Bork may refer to:

  • Robert Bork, an American legal scholar and former Supreme Court nominee, after whom the verb bork is named.
  • Bork (comics), a fictional superhero in the DC Comics universe
  • Ellen Bork, daughter of Robert Bork and deputy director of Project for the New American Century
  • George Bork, an American football player in the 1960s
  • Piotr Shabelsky-Bork, was one of the two assassins responsible for the death of Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov
  • The Swedish Chef, a Muppet who appeared in The Muppet Show, was known for his exuberant interjection of "Börk, börk, börk!"
  • Björk, an Icelandic singer-songwriter

Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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See also bork

Contents

English

Alternative spellings

Etymology

From Robert Bork, rejected US Supreme Court nominee

Verb

Infinitive
to Bork

Third person singular
Borks

Simple past
Borked

Past participle
Borked

Present participle
Borking

to Bork (third-person singular simple present Borks, present participle Borking, simple past and past participle Borked)

  1. (US, politics) To defeat a judicial nomination through a concerted attack on the nominee's character, background and philosophy.
    • 2002, Orrin G. Hatch, Capital Hill Hearing Testimony before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, in the matter of the Nomination of Charles W. Pickering to be United States Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Circuit, February 7, 2002
      After an eight-year hiatus, these groups are back on the scene, ready to implement an apparent vicious strategy of Borking any judicial nominee who happens to disagree with their view of how the world should be.
  2. (US, politics) To fire an honest government official in an attempt to prevent embarrassment to and exposure of a dishonest government officeholder who has conspired to commit high crimes (term first used by the National Lampoon Radio Hour in to describe the 1973 firing of Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox by Solicitor General Robert Bork in the "Saturday Night Massacre" orchestrated by Bork and President Richard Nixon).

Noun

  1. Informal rugby term for an offence which the player thowing in to a line-out moves his arms as if to throw the ball, but does not release it. This incurs an immediate free-kick against the original line-out takers.







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