fumble ( fumbles 3rd person present) ( fumbling present participle) ( fumbled past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you fumblefor something or fumblewith something, you try and reach for it or hold it in a clumsy way.
She crept from the bed and fumbled for her dressing gown... V for/with/in n
2 verb When you are trying to say something, if you fumble for the right words, you speak in a clumsy and unclear way.
I fumbled for something to say... V for n
He fumbled his lines, not knowing what he was going to say. V n, Also V
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
1 bumble, feel around, flounder, grope, paw (informal) scrabble
2 bodge (informal) botch, bungle, cock up (Brit. slang) fuck up (offensive taboo slang) make a hash of (informal) make a nonsense of, mess up, misfield, mishandle, mismanage, muff, spoil
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