Definitions for fumble
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(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 upverb
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.
Etymology: Origin uncertain; perhaps from a Scandinavian source. Compare Old Norse falma, Swedish fumla, Danish fumle, German fummeln.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
To manage aukwardly.
As many farewels as be stars in heav’n,
With distinct breath and consign’d kisses to them,
He fumbles up all in one loose adieu. William Shakespeare.
His greasy bald-pate choir
Came fumbling o’er the heads, in such an agony,
They told ’em false for fear. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.
Etymology: fommelen, Dutch.
Our mechanick theists will have their atoms never once to have fumbled in these their motions, nor to have produced any inept system. Ralph Cudworth.
Am not I a friend to help you out? You would have been fumbling half an hour for this excuse. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.
I saw him fumble with the sheets, and play with flowers, and smile upon his finger’s end. William Shakespeare, Henry V.
A fumble in gridiron football occurs when a player who has possession and control of the ball loses it before being downed (tackled), scoring, or going out of bounds. By rule, it is any act other than passing, kicking, punting, or successful handing that results in loss of ball possession by a player. A fumble may be forced by a defensive player who either grabs or punches the ball or butts the ball with their helmet (a move called "tackling the ball"). A fumbled ball may be recovered and advanced by either team (except, in American football, after the two-minute warning in either half or 4th down, when the fumbler is the only offensive player allowed to advance the ball, otherwise the ball is ruled dead at the spot of fumble, except when it is recovered for a loss. A fumble is one of three events that can cause a turnover (the other two being an interception or a turnover on downs). 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 clear possession of, such as while attempting to catch a lateral pass or improperly fielding a kicking play such as a punt (a player cannot "fumble" a loose ball). Ball security is the ability of a player to maintain control over the football during play and thus avoid a fumble. Thus, losing possession of the ball via a fumble includes not only dropping the ball before being downed; but, also having a ball taken away, or “stripped” from the runner's possession before being downed.
Fumble generally refers to mishandle due to lack of focus or skill, resulting in loss of control or possession. It can be used in various contexts such as sports, where a player loses possession of the ball, or in everyday life to describe a clumsy action or mistake.
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
Etymology: [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
This may be a decision the The Buffaloes lament : A fumble on a conservative run play while trying to run out the clock with less than 30 seconds remaining until halftime. The Utes turned Jarek Broussards miscue into a 42-yard field goal by Jadon Redding as time expired to give the offense a little confidence boost. Ty Jordan shined in a matchup between two highly touted tailbacks. The freshman finished with 147 yards rushing. His counterpart, Broussard, started slow but finished with 80 yards, which was well below his 183.3 average. The Buffaloes suffered a huge blow in the first half when they lost linebacker Nate Landman to what could be a season-ending ankle injury. Using a scooter and wearing a leg brace, the emotional leader of the team returned to the sideline. His absence was felt in the second half. Jerry Rice gave The Buffaloes a 14-7 lead late in the first half with Colorados first punt return for a score since Sept. 9, 2017. Jerry Rice also scored on a bubble screen to put The Buffaloes up 21-10 moments in the the third quarter. The last Colorado player to record a TD on both a reception and a return( punt or kickoff) in the same game was Walter Stanley against Texas Tech on Sept. 12, 1981, according to the school. Rices feat felt bittersweet in light of the loss. Kind of hurts.
THE TAKEAWAY Penn State : The mistakes proved costly. Penn State coach James Franklin will be on major clean-up duty this week after seeing three red-zone possessions end without points, three missed field goals, two interceptions, one lost fumble, a muffed punt and a fumbled kickoff return in addition to Fords late TD run and the late defensive breakdowns. Indiana : This victory is a huge step for the program. Allen know the Hoosiers need to start beating ranked teams more consistently, and this one came on a day the defense played reasonably well and the offense managed only 221 yards 19:35 of possession time. POLL IMPLICATIONS Penn State will slip in the Top 25, perhaps precipitously. The defense played well but broke down late while the offense and special teams werent anywhere near championship caliber. Its turnovers and penalties.
We kind of shot ourselves in the foot, specifically me, that fumble and the interception could have easily been avoided.
There is no textbook you can go buy. There is no self-help guide. You just sort of fumble your way through it, you're figuring it out every day.
Gentlemen, it is better to have died as a small boy than to fumble this football.
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- изпускам, бърникам, тършувамBulgarian
- buscar a tientas, perder el balonSpanish
- hamuilla, möhlätä, hapuilla, sählätä, munataFinnish
- tripoter, tâtonnerFrench
- ügyetlenül kezelHungarian
- frugare, balbettare, giocherellare, farfugliare, annaspare, armeggiareItalian
- 探り回す, いじり回すJapanese
- 어설프게 다루다Korean
- grzebanie sięPolish
- нащупывать, мять, теребить, мямлить, шаритьRussian
- mò mẫmVietnamese
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