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1    blunder about, come a cropper     (informal)   fall, falter, flounder, hesitate, lose one's balance, lurch, reel, slip, stagger, trip  
2      (with)       on or upon   blunder upon, chance upon, come across, discover, encounter, find, happen upon, light upon, run across, turn up  
3    falter, fluff     (informal)   stammer, stutter  
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  ( stumbles    plural & 3rd person present)   ( stumbling    present participle)   ( stumbled    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you stumble, you put your foot down awkwardly while you are walking or running and nearly fall over.  
He stumbled and almost fell...      V  
I stumbled into the telephone box and dialed 999.      V prep/adv  
      Stumble is also a noun., n-count   usu sing  
I make it into the darkness with only one stumble.     
2       verb   If you stumble while you are reading aloud or speaking, you make a mistake, and have to pause before saying the words properly.  
...his voice wavered and he stumbled over the words at one point.      V over n, Also V   stumble across   , stumble on      phrasal verb   If you stumble across something or stumble on it, you find it or discover it unexpectedly.   (=come across)  
I stumbled across an extremely simple but very exact method for understanding where my money went...      V P n  
History relates that they stumbled on a magnificent waterfall.      V P n  

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subtle, stub, stumped, stable

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