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fumble

verb uk   /ˈfʌm.bl̩/ us  

fumble verb (DO STH AWKWARDLY)

[I usually + adv/prep] to do something awkwardly, especially when using your hands: I fumbled with the lock. He fumbled in his pockets for some change. She fumbled around/about in her handbag, looking for her key. They fumbled around/about (= moved awkwardly) in the dark, trying to find their way out of the cinema.

fumble verb (SPORT)

[T] in sport, to fail to catch a ball: If Wilson hadn't fumbled that catch, we might have won the match.

fumble verb (THINK OF A WORD)

[I usually + adv/prep] to have difficulty saying or thinking of suitable words: I was fumbling for the right word.
(Definition of fumble from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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