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English noun: fumble

1. fumble (act) (sports) dropping the ball


Broader (hypernym)bloomer, blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, fuckup, pratfall

Domain categoryAmerican football, American football game, baseball, baseball game

English verb: fumble

1. fumble (contact) feel about uncertainly or blindly

SamplesShe groped for her glasses in the darkness of the bedroom.


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

Broader (hypernym)look for, search, seek

2. fumble (motion) make one's way clumsily or blindly

SamplesHe fumbled towards the door.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)go across, go through, pass

3. fumble (contact) handle clumsily

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)handle, palm

4. fumble (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, bumble, bungle, flub, fluff, foul up, fuck up, louse up, mess up, mishandle, muck up, muff, screw up, spoil

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

Broader (hypernym)fail, go wrong, miscarry

5. fumble (competition) drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder

SamplesFumble a grounder.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)play

Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

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