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fumble

[′fəm·bəl]
(industrial engineering)
An unintentional sensory-motor error that may be unavoidable.
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Book's TD came after a bizarre sequence featuring 3 consecutive fumbles between the teams, the last of which Notre Dame recovered at Louisville's 20.
The goal of exploring these facets of human vulnerability is not only to prevent accidents, but also to fail intelligently after we fumble. Only then can we skillfully nurture the development of wisdom in the young people we serve.
Because Smith-Schuster never had a knee or arm touch the turf, the officials ruled it a fumble in what was the last meaningful play of the game. 
The second fumble was the bad handling of messaging upon return, which made the country look foolish and clueless, even as stories of the great disappointment in Paris swirled all around us.
After Oregon took a 35-10 lead with one minute left in the first half, linebacker Justin Hollins tackled Allen and forced a fumble that Robinson recovered and returned 30 yards to the 4-yard line.
Searcy intercepted Brian Hoyer twice and Hughes scored on an 18-yard fumble return in Buffalo's 26-10 win over Cleveland.
A TEENAGE pop music fan has told a court how DJ Dave Lee Travis "had a fumble" up her skirt on camera as he presented an episode of Top Of The Pops.
Despite the Giants' pass rush, Tom Brady will be releasing the ball early and it is safer to play on the first turnover being an interception rather than a fumble.
More good work by the Senators' D forced the Blitz RB to fumble the ball which was recovered by Russell Corker, who ran the ball in 40 yards for a touchdown.
For some reason people leave this to the last moment and they have to fumble through these seat pockets crammed with all kinds of junk and paper before the much needed bag is discovered.
Fumble: You're in a rush and accidentally text your best butch buddy something dirty, instead of the girl you met last night.
It was just a drunken fumble, but she still threw me out.