Yet the Saudis backed the intervention in Libya—only to see the Americans fumble their leadership once again.
For America the historic changes in Arabia are going to be hard to manage, easy to fumble.
Following the fumble, all hope for a comeback—and, by extension, for a competitive game—vanished.
Fly, Ravens, Fly Baltimore capitalized on the James fumble, carving up the vaunted 49er defense with a mixture of run and pass.
But there were a whole lot of people crying “fumble” then, too.
You will find that most every one who has to handle a prop will fumble it, will be terribly awkward with it.
He bent his head guiltily and began to fumble with the papers on his desk.
He was three francs behind and started to fumble around in his pockets to find the change.
She lifted one hand and began to fumble feebly in the bosom of her frock.
And, if he appeared to fumble and have trouble with the latch, what of it!
mid-15c., "handle clumsily," possibly from Old Norse falma "to fumble, grope." Similar words in Scandinavian and North Sea Germanic suggest onomatopoeia from a sound felt to indicate clumsiness (cf. bumble, stumble, and obsolete English famble, fimble of roughly the same meaning). Related: Fumbled; fumbling.
1640s, from fumble (v.).