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verb fumble pronunciation in American English /ˈfʌmb(ə)l/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyfumble
he/she/itfumbles
present participlefumbling
past tensefumbled
past participlefumbled

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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to try to hold, move, or find something using your hands in a way that is not skillful or graceful
    fumble for: She fumbled for her keys in her purse.
    fumble with: Robert began to fumble with his buttons.
    fumble around: He fumbled around in the dark looking for some matches.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to drop a ball, especially a football
    Smith fumbled at the goal line.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to say something in a way that is not skillful or effective
    a fumbled explanation
    fumble for words: He stood there, fumbling for words.

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