Translation of fumble in Spanish:


Pronunciation /ˈfʌmb(ə)l//ˈfəmbəl/

intransitive verb

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    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
    • to fumble with sth
    • she fumbled for the keyhole buscó a tientas la cerradura
    • he fumbled for the right words tartamudeó, tratando de encontrar las palabras adecuadas
    • she fumbled with her buttons intentó torpemente abrocharse/desabrocharse
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • She clumsily opened her book and fumbled around for her pen.
    • They're meant to be intuitive type of commands, not where you're not fumbling around trying to figure out what to say.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • The subhead says, ‘But most of us are still fumbling around in the information stone age.’
    • 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.
    • Clumsily, he fumbled around for tissues, but couldn't find any.
    • So much for greater cultural understanding when you're fumbling around with your Berlitz phrasebook while gesticulating wildly at your intended interlocutor.
    • 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 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.
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    (in US football)
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • He made a grab for it and at the same time fell over the stumps, fumbled the ball and dropped it.
    • 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.
    • Sometimes that philosophy gets Green in trouble because he fumbles the ball too much.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Cody was much less productive, fumbling the ball at crucial times and finding his way into coach Dave McGinnis' doghouse.
    • But he must protect the ball better after fumbling 12 times last season.
    • Green, one of the top backs in the league, fumbled the ball seven times in the first nine games last year.
    • 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.
    • Instead, Curry fumbles the ball slightly, blowing the chance for a dunk.
    • 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.
    • He is used primarily as a blocker, but be is adept at getting open, catching the ball and not fumbling.

transitive verb

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    (ball) dejar caer
    (in US football) fumblear
    to fumble one's way
    • she fumbled her way across the unlit room cruzó a tientas la oscura habitación


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    metedura de pata feminine US informal
    (in US football) fumble masculine