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Synonyms for fumbling

showing lack of skill or aptitude

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Here again," added Master Jacques, fumbling afresh in his pouch, "is something that we have found at Marc Cenaine's house.
Meanwhile Captain Bildad sat earnestly and steadfastly eyeing Queequeg, and at last rising solemnly and fumbling in the huge pockets of his broad-skirted drab coat, took out a bundle of tracts, and selecting one entitled The Latter Day Coming; or No Time to Lose, placed it in queequeg's hands, and then grasping them and the book with both his, looked earnestly into his eyes, and said, Son of darkness, I must do my duty by thee; I am part owner of this ship, and feel concerned for the souls of all its crew; if thou still clingest to thy Pagan ways, which I sadly fear, I beseech thee, remain not for aye a Belial bondsman.
They came forward, evidently still afraid of Montgomery, but still more afraid of my cracking red whip-lash; and after some fumbling and hesitation, some whip-cracking and shouting, they lifted him gingerly, carried him down to the beach, and went splashing into the dazzling welter of the sea.
An age of almost intolerable suspense intervened; then I heard it fumbling at the latch
As an example, Brawley said he worked with former USC tailback Reggie Bush, who experienced problems fumbling kickoffs one year.
Nevertheless, Fumbling the Future is a superb case study of an organization at war with itself.
The Antelopes had no apparent answer for Rodgers, who rushed for 72 yards on five carries on the Olympians' opening drive before fumbling at the end of a 19-yard run at the Antelope Valley 18.
No fumbles: Bush said he's trying to solve his fumbling problem after losing the ball in seven consecutive games.
Despite fumbling three times, Christensen had 101 yards on 19 carries.