(sports) dropping the ball
feel about uncertainly or blindly
"She groped for her glasses in the darkness of the bedroom"
make one's way clumsily or blindly
"He fumbled towards the door"
botch, bodge, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up(verb)
make a mess of, destroy or ruin
"I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"
drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder
"fumble a grounder"
A ball etc. that has been dropped
To idly touch or nervously handle
To grope awkwardly in trying to find something
To blunder uncertainly
To drop a ball or a baton etc.
Origin: Origin uncertain; perhaps from a Scandinavian source. Compare Old Norse falma, Swedish fumla, Danish fumle, German fummeln.
to feel or grope about; to make awkward attempts to do or find something
to grope about in perplexity; to seek awkwardly; as, to fumble for an excuse
to handle much; to play childishly; to turn over and over
to handle or manage awkwardly; to crowd or tumble together
Origin: [Akin to D. fommelen to crumple, fumble, Sw. fumla to fusuble, famla to grope, Dan. famle to grope, fumble, Icel. falme, AS. folm palm of the hand. See Feel, and cf. Fanble, Palm.]
A fumble in American and Canadian football occurs when a player, who has possession and control of the ball loses it before being downed or scoring. By rule, it is any act other than passing, kicking or successful handing that results in loss of player possession. A fumble may be forced by a defensive player who either grabs or punches the ball or butts the ball with his helmet. A fumbled ball may be recovered and advanced by either team. It is one of three events that can cause a turnover, where possession of the ball can change during play. Under American rules a fumble may be confused with a muff. A muff occurs where a player drops a ball that he does not have possession of, such as while attempting to catch a lateral pass or improperly fielding a kicking play such as a punt. Ball security is the ability of a player to maintain control over the football during play and thus avoid a fumble.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fum′bl, v.i. to grope about awkwardly: to handle awkwardly: to stammer in speech: to find by groping.—v.t. to manage awkwardly.—n. Fum′bler.—adv. Fum′blingly. [Dut. fommelen, to fumble; cf. Dan. famle, Ice. fâlma, to grope about.]
The numerical value of fumble in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of fumble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Gentlemen, it is better to have died as a small boy than to fumble this football.
It's something that you or I could do in 30 seconds flat, and watching them both try to fumble through with limited dexterity was kind of painful but sweet because they really needed each other to make it happen, you could tell the kids felt, we're doing this together, and we're helping each other, and it's not yet another situation where I'm not big enough.
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