fumble fumble  /ˈfəm bəl/


  1. (n) (sports) dropping the ball
  2. (v) feel about uncertainly or blindly
  3. (v) make one's way clumsily or blindly
  4. (v) handle clumsily
  5. (v) make a mess of, destroy or ruin
  6. (v) drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder


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  1. It is perfectly possible, for example, to outguess the defense and complete a long pass, but then suffer a fumble.
  2. With time running out, global negotiators still seem far apart, and there's a growing fear that the world could fumble the opportunity.
  3. As time passes, the chronology gets jumbled; we fumble on the details; we reimagine the past to make it more coherent, meaningful, bearable.


  1. Miss Utah USA takes 2nd stab at pageant question

    LAS VEGAS — Miss Utah USA is taking another stab at the pageant question that brought her Internet infamy. Marissa Powell appeared Tuesday morning on NBC's "The Today Show" to talk about her fumble during Sunday's Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. She told host Matt Lauer that she was confused by the three-part question, which mentioned that more women are becoming primary breadwinners and that ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Boston Herald

  2. Notre Dame Football: Analyzing What Makes Stephon Tuitt so Dangerous

    Forget Manti Te'o , it was defensive end Stephon Tuitt who had the bigger impact on the Notre Dame defense last season. He produced 45 tackles, 11 sacks, nine quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery. He wasn't nominated for the Heisman, but Tuitt's relentless pressure helped others around him shine. Tuitt is dangerous and the second best defensive end in the country behind Jadeveon Clowney. He ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report

  3. Miss Utah's fumble during Miss USA makes national headlines

    Miss Connecticut may have won the title, but the headlines from the Miss USA contest are all about Miss Utah's fumble.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: ABC 4 Salt Lake City

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  1. "Right after that fumble, it was still kind of in my mind," Sproles said. "I wanted that TD back to make up for the fumble."
    on Jan 3, 2009 By: Darren Sproles Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  2. "The ruling on the field was that it was an incomplete pass," Hochuli told a pool reporter. "We went to replay. It should have been ruled a fumble. By rule - by the instant replay rules - on that particular play where there's a pass/fumble, a...
    on Sep 15, 2008 By: Ed Hochuli Source: Sportsnet.ca

  3. "The appeal of Matthew McConaughey has long evaded me both as a pinup and as an actor," Siegel said in his review of 2006's "We Are Marshall." "His constant ticks, bad hair and strained syntax as a coach fumble what should have been the...
    on Jun 29, 2007 By: Joel Siegel Source: FOXNews

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