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fumble

[′fəm·bəl]
(industrial engineering)
An unintentional sensory-motor error that may be unavoidable.
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Filled with adrenaline, I fumbled around in my pack and pulled out my two-way radio.
Saints managed to hit back as striker Russell rifled in a fierce shot that keeper Scott fumbled around his near post and out for a corner.
As Jake presented Tony with the coveted trophy and the check, Tony's band Hell on Earth bum-rushed the stage, broke the video screen, and fumbled around for a while.
However, that's when the Spartans showed patience on offense and the Matadors fumbled around and failed to cherish the basketball.
I fumbled around in my jacket pockets for my gloves.
Then we need to see some appropriate action, not just have things fumbled around in a back room months later.
WELL, as the sun finally showed its face last week in the UK, I fumbled around the house trying to find my new stylish pink sunglasses.
Although they have fumbled around unconvincingly for most of the season, finally it seems Glenn Hoddle's side are making a definitive move.
Flawed, tedious gameplay, which should read 'child friendly' puts you on edge from the outset and, while the graphics may possess enough of the cute factor to keep youngsters' attention for a while, by the time their fingers have fumbled around the game controls, they'll be bolting from the barn quicker than the horses.
She fumbled around in her leather handbag and scrawled a set of digits on a tissue paper.