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stumbleverb

uk   us   /ˈstʌm.bl̩/

stumble verb (WALK)

C2 [I] to step awkwardly while walking or running and fall or begin to fall: Running along the beach, she stumbled on a log and fell on the sand. In the final straight Meyers stumbled, and although he didn't fall it was enough to lose him first place. [I usually + adv/prep] to walk in a way that does not seem controlled: We could hear her stumbling about/around the bedroom in the dark. He pulled on his clothes and stumbled into the kitchen.

stumble verb (PAUSE)

C2 [I] to make a mistake, such as repeating something or pausing for too long, while speaking or playing a piece of music: When the poet stumbled over a line in the middle of a poem, someone in the audience corrected him.
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