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stumbles

verb
present tense third-person singular of stumble

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1 to go down from an upright position suddenly and involuntarily
  • the bride stumbled on the altar steps and landed smack in the arms of the minister

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2 to proceed or act clumsily or ineffectually
  • stumbled twice while she was reciting the "Gettysburg Address"

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3 to move heavily or clumsily
  • the tipsy revelers left the path and wearily stumbled through the tangled undergrowth

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4 to make a mistake
  • that network announcer rarely stumbles when he's on the air

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stumbles

noun
plural of stumble

Synonyms & Antonyms of stumbles (Entry 2 of 2)

1 an unintentional departure from truth or accuracy
  • was his hurtful remark a regrettable stumble, or was it made with artful intention?

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2 the act of going down from an upright position suddenly and involuntarily
  • has bones so brittle that a minor stumble could result in a serious break

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“Stumbles.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/stumbles. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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