all fingers and thumbs

Definition of all fingers and thumbs

British
:extremely awkward or clumsy
  • Sorry I dropped the vase; I'm all fingers and thumbs today.
  • I'm all fingers and thumbs when it comes to wrapping packages.

Word by Word Definitions

all play
  1. : the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

  2. : as much as possible

  3. : every member or individual component of

  1. : wholly, quite

  2. : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization

  3. : only, exclusively

  1. : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality

  2. used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

  3. : everybody, everything

  1. : the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

  1. : other : different : atypical

  2. : isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)

  3. : being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language

finger play fingers
  1. : any of the five terminating members of the hand : a digit of the forelimb

  2. : something that resembles a finger

  3. : a part of a glove into which a finger is inserted

  1. : to touch or feel with the fingers

  2. : to play (a musical instrument) with the fingers

  3. : to play (notes, chords, etc.) with a specific fingering

thumb play thumbs
  1. : the short thick digit of the human hand that is analogous in position to the big toe and differs from the other fingers in having only two phalanges, allowing greater freedom of movement, and being opposable to each of them

  2. : the part of a glove or mitten that covers the thumb

  3. : a convex molding : ovolo

  1. : to turn over pages

  2. : to travel by thumbing rides : hitchhike

  3. : to request or obtain (a ride) in a passing automobile by signaling with the thumb


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