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verb fumble pronunciation in British 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 skilful or graceful
    fumble for:

    She fumbled for her keys in her bag.

    fumble with:

    Robert began to fumble with his buttons.

    fumble around/about:

    He fumbled around in the dark looking for some matches.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to drop a ball

    Smith fumbled at the goal line.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to say something in a way that is not skilful or effective

    a fumbled explanation

    fumble for words:

    He stood there, fumbling for words.

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