Etymology
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bollix (v.)

"bungle, make a mess of," 1937, a respelling (perhaps euphemistic) of bollocks, from Old English beallucas "testicles," from Proto-Germanic *ball-, from PIE root *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell." The sense of it probably comes from the 20c. British use of bollocks as an interjection, "nonsense!" Related: Bollixed; bollixing.

updated on October 19, 2022

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