In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(grope)he was fumbling (around / about) in the dark — buscaba algo a tientas y a ciegas en la oscuridad
- she fumbled in her pockets — revolvió / hurgó en sus bolsillos
- to fumble for sth
- she fumbled for the keyhole — buscó a tientas la cerradura
- he fumbled for the right words — tartamudeó, tratando de encontrar las palabras adecuadas
- to fumble with sth
- she fumbled with her buttons — intentó torpemente abrocharse/desabrocharse
- A White House official told me Friday night that, after fumbling around for days, practically every White House agency was getting involved in coping with Katrina.
- Most of us have experienced a temporary loss of electricity and know the helpless feeling of fumbling around for a flashlight or matches and candles.
- Ian Mackintosh says that until there's some disclosure of non-material expenses the regulator is fumbling around in the dark when it comes to investigating this area.
- So much for greater cultural understanding when you're fumbling around with your Berlitz phrasebook while gesticulating wildly at your intended interlocutor.
- All at sea and like strangers fumbling around in the dark for the light switch, the City defence was so brittle it was a surprise the creaks couldn't be heard back in North Yorkshire.
- They're meant to be intuitive type of commands, not where you're not fumbling around trying to figure out what to say.
- Clumsily fumbling around in his personal possessions with fingers which had fallen half-asleep, the emissary produced a neatly rolled-up paper and handed it over to the scaly hand before him.
- Clumsily, he fumbled around for tissues, but couldn't find any.
- Considering the outlandish wages paid, in a game of very little hardship, the least we should expect is entertainment, and not fumbling around like kids in the local park.
- I was sitting in Panera Bread last night, fumbling around with proxies in an attempt to get around their ham-fisted network filtering.
- Still holding on to both the ledge and the beam, she moved one foot up and fumbled around trying to find a stepping ledge to use.
- The subhead says, ‘But most of us are still fumbling around in the information stone age.’
- Before, you're mostly just fumbling around in the dark, hoping that nods of approval from editors reflect the attitude of the general literary audience, but not really having any idea.
- This approach has led many to wonder if the apparent madness in the method is deliberate or if he is fumbling around aimlessly.
- He sits bolt upright, his hand fumbling around for the reading glasses.
- I mean, when I visit people I actually do know really well, I'm not opening cabinets, snooping around the bathroom, fumbling around in closets.
- The morning after I flew back home for spring break, I found myself fumbling around the kitchen cabinets for breakfast food that didn't boast high-fiber content.
- The first album came from confused young men in their late teenage years who were fumbling around in the dark for a career and a girlfriend.
- She clumsily opened her book and fumbled around for her pen.
- Also some of the buttons have a raised edge to help the visually impaired, but which are also handy when you're fumbling around for the pause button in the dark.
2(in US football)fumblear
- Green, one of the top backs in the league, fumbled the ball seven times in the first nine games last year.
- This newfound power decreases the chances of Plummer throwing an interception at the goal line or fumbling the ball at the worst possible moment.
- Vick finally escapes the pocket and fumbles the ball, but luckily for Atlanta it goes out of bounds.
- Though the plan to give Henry a heavier workload is a good one, he must show he can consistently hang on to the ball after fumbling 11 times in 2002.
- Sometimes that philosophy gets Green in trouble because he fumbles the ball too much.
- Instead, Curry fumbles the ball slightly, blowing the chance for a dunk.
- Under no pressure whatsoever, Kalac catches an easy ball, then fumbles it, falls on his knees and nearly pushes it into his own net with his nose, like a puppy.
- It takes some skill to pull the pitch off because if you do it with any little bit of mistiming you will fumble the ball away.
- But he must protect the ball better after fumbling 12 times last season.
- He made a grab for it and at the same time fell over the stumps, fumbled the ball and dropped it.
- He is used primarily as a blocker, but be is adept at getting open, catching the ball and not fumbling.
- However, on first down our big fella fumbles the ball and it bounces right into the hands of one of the players on the other team.
- The Crigglestone fullback fumbled the ball allowing Neil Kennedy and Ian Barnes to get their hands on the ball at the same time just before the ball went dead.
- The ball found its way to Aidan Kehoe but the corner forward fumbled it but the ball fell fortuitously to McGill who crashed it to the net.
- Cody was much less productive, fumbling the ball at crucial times and finding his way into coach Dave McGinnis' doghouse.
- The ball is fumbled, it comes loose, and the opposing team picks it up and runs - but a whistle has blown, negating the recovery and the return.
- The ball bounced in front of Scott Carson, who should have saved comfortably but could only fumble the ball over the line off his upper arm.
1(ball) dejar caer(ball) (in US football) fumblear
1metedura de pata feminine informal(in US football) fumble masculine
- It might just have to be a three-way tongue-kiss and a fumble, but still.
- Worst of all, Burress did the same thing just two years ago and on that play, the officials ruled the ball a fumble.
- By now you know all the terminology, but you don't know if a bouncing ball is a fumble until you watch it on replay from five different angles.
- The Cobbydale side took the late after 17 minutes when matt Bowness pounced on a fumble from the full back and John Williams added the conversion.
- Tennessee had just recovered a fumble at midfield late in the third quarter of its playoff game against the Patriots.
- Try to ensure that yours doesn't kick off with a drunken fumble on the photocopier - it could be awkward when your children want to know how Mummy and Daddy met.
- Saxton had been guilty of a bad fumble early in the half but it seemed to spur him on and he showed good strength to power his way over after cutting back in from the right.
- Why go through all that hassle for the sake of a fumble?
- It's not that I don't want one, it's just I never get the offer of anything other than a drunken fumble.
- Earlier, two contestants hopped into bed together for a drink-fuelled fumble in the first spot of canoodling of the series.
- In two preseason games, he returned a fumble for a touchdown (before a penalty nullified the play), and he blocked a punt for a safety.
- He registered eight tackles, had two sacks, recovered a fumble and blocked a field goal - all despite being blocked most of the game by a tackle and tight end.
- A scramble from a corner and a fumble by Jones almost conceded a second goal to the visitors as Ilkley found it difficult to cope with the commitment and determination of the Stanley players.
- He stripped the ball from Bulger and caught the fumble for a touchdown to help the Atlanta Falcons beat the St. Louis Rams 34-17.
- He registered two sacks, blocked a field goal and recovered a fumble.
- Months earlier, in the preseason, Barton intercepted two passes and returned a fumble for a score - all in one quarter - against Arizona.
- Three starters return from last year's unit that was the worst in the league - its highlight coming when an offensive lineman picked up a fumble and scored in an upset victory over Missouri.
- Former defensive end Bob Dee recovered a fumble in the endzone in the Patriots' first preseason game on July 30, 1960.
- Have sex when you're awake, not just at the end of the day when it's a quick fumble before you fall asleep.
- On the next play, special teams got into the act, forcing a fumble by John Simon and setting up a field goal for a seven-point lead at the half.
- Culpepper made two critical mistakes - a fumble on the goal line and, to a lesser extent, the game-ending interception.
- An alert Jaguars defensive player scooped up the ball and returned the fumble 43 yards.
- He opened the scoring with a penalty and made the most of a firth fumble to race 80 metres up field, and add the conversion.
- And the ref is ‘part of the field,’ which makes this a - fumble!
- So when he spiked it was a live ball - a fumble - grabbed by Jax and returned almost to the Steelers' goal line.
- They tell Suggs that he better pitch the ball back if he recovers a fumble or intercepts a pass, but he doesn't seem to listen.
- Now the cash registers go ker-ching every time there's a fumble beneath the bed sheets.
- When his bed got wet in a water fight, he sneaked under Sakia's covers for a fumble.
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