Definition of fumble:
itch, stammer, muck, sin, rape, seek, boner, tease, deflower, blurt, coddle, stumble, heat up, blurt out, boast, shoot a line, bollocks, indulge, waste, shove along, brag, shove off, boggle, thrive, mar, mess, botch up, goof, mollycoddle, go down on, muck up, gasconade, violate, suck, foil, scotch, cocker, baby, muff, bumble, mismanage, louse up, cross, vitiate, ruffle, limp, mess-up, bodge, bungle, plunder, boob, grope, burn out, be adrift, grabble, thwart, cosset, dropped ball, despoil, flounder, fluff, fudge, vaunt, snafu, featherbed, help, foul-up, squander, goof up, blunder, gas, rumple, bollix up, flub, misconduct, gum up, poke, mud, botch, shuffle, tout, spoil, bluster, mishandle, swash, fellate, drift, bobble, corrupt, fuck up, frustrate, mire, muddle, screw up, bloomer, error, foozle, bilk, bollix, float, hot up, go bad, pamper, bull, blunder out, bollocks up, falter, blow out, blooper, ruffle up, impair, drop the ball, correct, ejaculate, ball up, stutter, blow, baffle, stagger.
With this important feature in our possession it was certain that we held the key to Ladysmith, and though we might fumble a little with the lock, sooner or later, barring the accidents of war, we should open the door.- "London to Ladysmith via Pretoria", Winston Spencer Churchill.
- "Life of John Keats", William Michael Rossetti.
He was in the event also fondly to aim at painting, like two of his brothers; but whereas they were to fumble with the lock, in their very differing degree, only in those young years, he was to keep at it most as he grew older, though always with a perfect intelligence of the inevitable limits of the relation, the same intelligence that was so sharp and sad, so extraordinarily free and fine and detached in fact, as play of mind, play of independent talk and of pen, for the limits of his relation to many other matters.- "Notes of a Son and Brother", Henry James.