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English verb: bumble

1. bumble (social) make a mess of, destroy or ruin


SamplesI botched the dinner and we had to eat out.
The pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement.


Synonymsball up, blow, bobble, bodge, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, botch, botch up, bungle, flub, fluff, foul up, fuck up, fumble, louse up, mess up, mishandle, muck up, muff, screw up, spoil


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)fail, go wrong, miscarry

2. bumble (motion) walk unsteadily


SamplesThe drunk man stumbled about.


ExamplesSam and Sue bumble


Synonymsfalter, stumble


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)walk

3. bumble (communication) speak haltingly


SamplesThe speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room.


Synonymsfalter, stammer, stutter


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize









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