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fumble

[′fəm·bəl]
(industrial engineering)
An unintentional sensory-motor error that may be unavoidable.
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Then he sat in the front seat fumbling around with his keys for several minutes.
"The Government is fumbling around when it comes to finding a solution.
"I was fumbling around the bedroom for the light switch but ...
"Getting up in the night to a young baby is hard enough but when you are fumbling around for glasses to see, it is an added complication," he said.
All you have to do is slip the circular strap over your wrist, cinch it tight and close the buckle; no more fumbling around in the dark trying to fit the ends together!
Paul Johnson, the company vice president of product management, said, 'With interactive program guides now a standard of in-home TV viewing, guests no longer tolerate fumbling around the room for a printed channel list that may or may not be up to date; they want the same real-time program information and convenience in the guest room that they enjoy at home.
Now I was really excited and started fumbling around trying to get out my camera with one hand while holding my rod with the other.
My fumbling around was starting to turn into frustration.
I don't know what made me cringe more, the incident itself or watching S4C fumbling around trying to fill the half-hour delay in the action as Middlesex's reply was stopped in its tracks by the fault.
No more fumbling around looking for that dry erase pen to write on the dry erase whiteboard.
Fabio Capello raised the issue as he was fumbling around for a reason why England performed so badly.
I can reach out and pick them up when before I would be fumbling around to feel for them.