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Derived from the last name of Juan Pablo Davila, a Chilean stock trader who, in 1994, accidentally instructed his computer to "buy" when he meant "sell" and who subsequently attempted to recoup his losses by making increasingly unprofitable trades that ultimately lost 0.5 percent of Chile's gross national product.


davilar (first-person singular present davilo, first-person singular preterite davilé, past participle davilado)

  1. (Chile, informal) to botch things up royally.