stumble


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Synonyms for stumble

trip

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stumble across or on or upon something or someone

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to catch the foot against something and lose one's balance

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to move awkwardly or clumsily

to proceed or perform in an unsteady, faltering manner

to make an error or mistake

stumble on: to find or meet by chance

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an unsteady uneven gait

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an unintentional but embarrassing blunder

walk unsteadily

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miss a step and fall or nearly fall

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encounter by chance

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make an error

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References in classic literature ?
Next was seen a stout man, dressed in rich and courtly attire, but not of courtly demeanor; his gait had the swinging motion of a seaman's walk, and chancing to stumble on the staircase, he suddenly grew wrathful, and was heard to mutter an oath.
Besides, as you may see for yourself, the river is very boisterous; and if I should chance to stumble, it would sweep both of us away more easily than it has carried off yonder uprooted tree.
She walks delicately, not on the solid earth, but hovers over the heads of men to make them stumble or to ensnare them.
Our roaring bow sinks as though that light were lead--sinks and recovers to lurch and stumble again beneath the next blow-out.
The mate comes up, his arm strapped to his side, and stumbles into the cradle.
The shudder, the stumble, the swerve ere the star-stabbing bowsprit merges -
Sometimes he had to stumble along the bed of the stream, and sometimes he had to push through shrubs, dense and thorny; often he was obliged to climb over rocks in order to avoid the hornet-nests that hung on the trees over his head.
It was a slow and arduous march, for the slave chain was new to these people, and there were many delays as one of their number would stumble and fall, dragging others down with her.
Did one forge ahead an arrow found his heart; did one lag behind he never again was seen alive; did one stumble to one side, even for a bare moment from the sight of his fellows, he did not return--and always when they came upon the bodies of their dead they found those terrible arrows driven with the accuracy of superhuman power straight through the victim's heart.
To the last stumble of its stumbling end this dray horse must abide by the mandates of the lesser truth that is the truth of life and that makes life possible to persist.
Whether it was that she had heard his words, or that she did not want to hear them, she made a sort of stumble, twice struck out, and hurriedly skated away from him.
Between halts and stumbles, jerks and lurches, locomotion had at times seemed impossible.
The archaeology of the Essex coast, volume 2: excavations at the prehistoric site of the Stumble (East Anglian Archaeology 144).
Dan said: "In our heads we're still a breaking band and it's completely bizarre that we get to stumble in and out of these massive events.
A stumble at the second last did not help matters, but Le Vent D'Antan looked under pressure at the time and it was a surprise to see him trade at as short as 1.