foozle

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Verb[edit]

foozle (third-person singular simple present foozles, present participle foozling, simple past and past participle foozled)

  1. To do something clumsily or awkwardly; to bungle.
    • 1921 Oct. 2, "One-handed drivers menace to public," Vancouver Sun (Canada), p. 17 (retrieved 30 Aug. 2011):
      Every baseball fan is acquainted with the sarcastic reminder, "two hands are the fashion nowadays," often hurled at the infielder who foozles an attempt at a grandstand play in the form of a one-handed catch.
    • c. 1900, F. Anstey, Humor and Fantasy:
      I wouldn't have trusted dear old Monty to break the death of a bluebottle without managing to foozle it somehow.

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Noun[edit]

foozle (plural foozles)

  1. A fogey.
    • 1838, Denis Ignatius Moriarty, The Wife Hunter:
      There is an old foozle of a lord, the earl of Ballyduff, who lives in London, and who is determined on nominating to his vacant borough
  2. A mistaken shot in golf
    • 1923, Stacy Aumonier, Odd Fish:
      Even poor Mr. Lloyd George cannot go out of his front door, or make a foozle on the ninth green, without being snapshotted, sketched, and probably filmed.

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