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noun as in stammering

noun as in stuttering

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Rising energy prices and supply-chain gridlock have resurrected conversations about stagflation—a period when sputtering economic growth and joblessness coincide with rising inflation.

From Quartz

Which brings us to this unfortunate sputtering at the Capitol these days.

From Time

Beneath the surge in coronavirus cases, the broken holiday routines and the sputtering local economy, some business owners are finding creative ways to make it through the winter.

Sputtering, I manage a few “hut-hut-huts” with the other students.

When he finally delivered his five lines, “my mouth had frozen, so this sputtering sort of came out,” Tambor says.

But by next spring or summer, it may be someone else sputtering for excuses.

Even while sputtering out the most eye-rolling lines about his new love for the Kardashian family, he was remarkably pleasant.

In 2008, the economy was already eight months into a deep recession; in 2011, the recovery was sputtering along in very low gear.

Fanchon is deeply interested in the bacon omelette as she watches it browning and sputtering over the fire.

Pulling the pin, he tossed the sputtering bomb through a window of the burning building.

She stopped suddenly, raised the sputtering candle, and peered into his eyes with a vague, wavering intensity.

Mary and I sat in silence, the house quaking overhead, the tempest howling without, the fire between us sputtering with raindrops.

He did so a few seconds later, sputtering and growling, scarcely able to contain his rage.


On this page you'll find 26 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to sputtering, such as: faltering, halting, lurch, pause, splutter, and stumble.

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