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stumble (plural stumbles)
- A fall, trip or substantial misstep.
- An error or blunder.
- 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.
- (transitive, figuratively) 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 Vnlicenc’d Printing, to the Parlament of England, London: [s.n.], OCLC 879551664:
- False and dazzling fires to stumble men.
- a. 1705, John Locke, “An Examination of P[ère] Malebranche’s Opinion of Seeing All Things in God”, in Posthumous Works of Mr. John Locke: […], London: […] A[wnsham] and J[ohn] Churchill, […], published 1706, OCLC 6963663:
- One thing more stumbles me in the very foundation of this hypothesis.
- 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 13711515, 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: […]
- 1754, Christopher Smart, Snake
- Forth as she waddled in the brake, / A grey goose stumbled on a snake.
to trip or fall
to walk clumsily
to make a mistake or have trouble
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