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From a variant of sputter
- to spray droplets while speaking
- to speak hurriedly and confusedly
- to perform to a substandard level
2011 January 5, Mark Ashenden, “Wolverhampton 1 - 0 Chelsea”, BBC:
- Manchester City, Liverpool, Bolton and Manchester United come next for Wolves in the Premier League but McCarthy's men will fear no one after beating Chelsea for the first time in 18 years, while Ancelotti has much to ponder as his players continue to splutter.