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stumble (plural stumbles)
- A fall, trip or substantial misstep.
- An error or blunder.
- 2022 July 21, Emily Hell, “TikTok’s Pink Sauce chef defends her viral condiment”, in Washington Post:
- She owns up to early stumbles, such as bottles being mislabeled.
- A clumsy walk.
- 2013 June 8, “The new masters and commanders”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 52:
- From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. Those entering it are greeted by wire fences, walls dating back to colonial times and security posts. For mariners leaving the port after lonely nights on the high seas, the delights of the B52 Night Club and Stallion Pub lie a stumble away.
- (a blunder): blooper, blunder, boo-boo, defect, error, fault, faux pas, fluff, gaffe, lapse, mistake, slip, thinko
- See also Thesaurus:error
a fall or trip
an error or blunder
- (intransitive) To trip or fall; to walk clumsily.
- He stumbled over a rock.
- (intransitive) To make a mistake or have trouble.
- I always stumble over verbs in Spanish.
- (transitive) To cause to stumble or trip.
- 2017, Jacqueline Druga, Sleepers, page 39:
- Slowly, I turned around and the shock of it stumbled me back a few steps.
- (transitive, figurative) To mislead; to confound; to cause to err or to fall.
- 1644, John Milton, Areopagitica; a Speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicenc’d Printing, to the Parlament of England, London: [s.n.], →OCLC:
- False and dazzling fires to stumble men.
- To strike or happen (upon a person or thing) without design; to fall or light by chance; with on, upon, or against.
- 1681, John Dryden, “The Preface to Ovid’s Epistles”, in Ovid, Ovid’s Epistles, […], 2nd edition, London: […] Jacob Tonson […], →OCLC, page 12:
- It ſeems more probable that Ovid was either the Confident of ſome other paſſion, or that he had ſtumbled by some inadvertency, upon the privacies of Livia, and ſeen her in a Bath: […]
to trip or fall
to walk clumsily
to make a mistake or have trouble
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