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fumble

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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fumblefum‧ble /ˈfʌmbΙ™l/ verb πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 (also fumble around) [intransitive, transitive]HOLD to try to hold, move, or find something with your hands in an awkward wayfumble at/in/with πŸ”Š She dressed, her cold fingers fumbling with the buttons.fumble for πŸ”Š I fumbled around in my bag for a cigarette. πŸ”Š She reached round to fumble the light on.2 [intransitive, transitive]TALK TO somebody if you fumble with your words when you are speaking, you have difficulty saying somethingfumble for πŸ”Š Asked for an explanation, Mike had fumbled for words. πŸ”Š The second candidate fumbled her lines.3 [intransitive, transitive]DS to drop a ball after catching it πŸ”Š Quarterback Rattay was hit and fumbled the ball. β€”fumble noun [countable] β€”fumbling noun [countable]
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Examples from the Corpus
fumbleβ€’ He fumbled down a wall and pushed open a door.β€’ Although she had sensed that a fiasco like this was inevitable, Amanda fumbled for an appropriate response.β€’ Most churches fumbled their efforts to respond to it.β€’ Even as her hand fumbled to open it, he thrust himself between her and the door, barring her way.fumble at/in/withβ€’ In the vestibule, I scanned the column of buzzers while she fumbled in her purse for her keys.β€’ Then he was there, fumbling in his pockets for change.β€’ Whilst Mrs Ledingham fumbled with the border, I confronted him with his folly.β€’ He also fumbled in the end zone to give Seattle a touchdown.β€’ The memory of the towers' electro-sticks back at Mars-U made her fingers fumble at the keys.β€’ He fumbled with the lock which clicked and then he pushed up the lid.β€’ Cursing, Cardiff fumbled at the mechanism but could find no locking-catch.β€’ That is the 49ers' only fumble in two games.
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Verb table
fumble
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyfumble
he, she, itfumbles
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyfumbled
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave fumbled
he, she, ithas fumbled
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad fumbled
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill fumble
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have fumbled
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam fumbling
he, she, itis fumbling
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you, we, theyare fumbling
Past
I, he, she, itwas fumbling
you, we, theywere fumbling
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been fumbling
he, she, ithas been fumbling
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been fumbling
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be fumbling
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been fumbling
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