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Definition of fumble verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fumble
    he / she / it fumbles
    past simple fumbled
    -ing form fumbling
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  1. 1[intransitive] to use your hands in an awkward way when you are doing something or looking for something fumble (at/with/in something) (for something) She fumbled in her pocket for a tissue. He fumbled with the buttons on his shirt. fumble around She was fumbling around in the dark looking for the light switch. fumble to do something I fumbled to zip up my jacket.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to express yourself or deal with something in an awkward or nervous way fumble (for something) During the interview, she fumbled helplessly for words. fumble something The company fumbled the marketing campaign.
  3. 3[transitive] fumble something (especially in sports) to drop a ball or to fail to stop or kick it
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: fumble

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