all thumbs

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Etymology[edit]

From the proverb "When he should get aught, each finger is a thumb." from John Heywood's Collection of 1546.

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all thumbs (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Clumsy; awkward; not dextrous.
    I am all thumbs when it comes to shuffling cards.

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