\ˈfləb \
flubbed; flubbing

Definition of flub 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make a mess of : botch flubbed my lines



Definition of flub (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of flubbing : blunder

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Examples of flub in a Sentence


The ball went right to him but he flubbed the catch. The actress flubbed several lines.


when she was told her information was wrong, she apologized for the flub and immediately corrected it
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But experts say Trump is getting ahead of himself and is exaggerating or flubbing sensitive details. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "President Trump’s exaggerated claims about the North Korea deal," 2 July 2018 Isner took that set on his third chance, when Anderson flubbed a forehand. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Kevin Anderson outlasts John Isner in second-longest match in Wimbledon history," 13 July 2018 Only two stoppage-time goals saved the Selecão, giving them a 2-0 victory on a day filled with the kind of missed passes and flubbed open shots familiar to so many teams, but not the five-time world champions. Matthew Futterman And Victor Mather, New York Times, "Brazil Gets Its First Win, a Triumph of Grit More Than Style," 23 June 2018 Goldman held serve, but then flubbed a volley into the net in the next game to give the lead back to Newport Harbor. Sam Dodge, latimes.com, "Newport Harbor’s tennis duo of Andy Myers and Josh Watkins advances to CIF round of 16," 1 June 2018 Somehow, the nation's two most powerful men flubbed the 35-word presidential oath of office. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Six classic pop culture do-overs a la Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty," 5 Mar. 2018 But Facebook also has repeatedly flubbed on consumer privacy, perhaps most disastrously with Cambridge Analytica. The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board, sacbee, "The fight for net neutrality isn’t just for consumers. It’s a fight for California," 15 June 2018 And the film star flubbed up by borrowing money to fill the gap. George Skelton, latimes.com, "Gov. Jerry Brown's parting gift to his successor: ship-shape state finances," 14 May 2018 Despite being 44 years old, weighing close to 300 pounds and looking like a bathysphere on legs, Colon is adept at fielding his position, even pulling off the kinds of Globetrotter-esque plays that men half his age would flub. Stephanie Apstein, SI.com, "Nine Innings: How the Blue Jays Are Riding Out Their Hot Start, Bartolo's Sneaky Speed and Javier Baez's Transformation," 23 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But a spate of recent flubs have marred the efforts of both candidates, with some voters saying the outreach reads as pandering, and only reminds them of how their votes are taken for granted. New York Times, "Black Voters Have More Leverage in This Governor’s Race. They Mean to Use It.," 13 June 2018 Jimmy Kimmel will return as host and hopefully new envelope rules will prevent a repeat of last year’s flub. Editors, USA TODAY, "5 things you need to know Tuesday," 23 Jan. 2018 Luckily, the flub didn't cost him anything — he and his partner still won the trip to, ahem, Italy. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Might Be the Worst "Wheel of Fortune" Flub of All Time," 22 Mar. 2017 Even after a flub by center back Carlyle Mitchell conceded an own goal in the 28th minute, Indy confidently continued pressing. Kevin Johnston, Indianapolis Star, "Motivated Indy Eleven fall short in 2nd game of homestand," 4 July 2018 Fewer flubs There are clear incentives to a long-term strategy for both the firms and the investors. Laura Cooper, WSJ, "Private-Equity Firms Rethink Their Short-Term Focus," 19 June 2018 But the internet was still furious over the sartorial flub. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Melania Trump Wears Horrifically Tone-Deaf Jacket While Traveling to Meet Immigrant Children," 21 June 2018 After Dorsey recognized his Chick-fil-A order as a flub, users rushed to defend the company’s employment practices, value for money, and religious background. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Ate at Chick-fil-A. Then the Internet Exploded," 11 June 2018 Some in the industry feel Acxiom and its peers are scapegoats in Facebook's effort to win back goodwill after its privacy flub. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Facebook's data crackdown has two winners, and one of them is Facebook," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of flub


1904, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flub


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English Language Learners Definition of flub

: to fail to do (something) correctly

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