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The girl's face flushed, and she began to fumble the shawl nervously with her fingers.

He began to fumble presently for his Bible,—he must have some help.

He had promised me faithfully not to fumble with his cravat, and evidently he had not once stirred.

No language except the chaos we fumble with could make it possible.

I heard him murmur something about the servants and fumble for the switch.

"My thong's loose," said he, stooping to fumble with a brogue that needed no such attention.

Barney's tired brain began to fumble at this problem,—how did it happen?

Grace fumbled for her purse, and, when she had found it, began to fumble in it for her silver.

Then, with a sudden impulse, he began to fumble in his breast-pocket.

He glanced at it and then put it down and began to fumble in his pocket.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "handle clumsily," possibly from Old Norse falma "to fumble, grope." Similar words in Scandinavian and North Sea Germanic suggest onomatopoeia from a sound felt to indicate clumsiness (cf. bumble, stumble, and obsolete English famble, fimble of roughly the same meaning). Related: Fumbled; fumbling.

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