She tossed a bit of bacon to Pershing who muffed it and retrieved it with only slight damage to the pink roses on the rug.
He muffed his first jump, and we all thought the game was up.
Pender got a life, when his high fly to third was muffed by Willis.
Oswald does not like giving up a thing just because it has once been muffed.
Freshman teams were always rattled, and “muffed” their plays just at first.
Hatted, furred, and muffed, she leaned on her fathers shoulder.
I put that and that together, and I set it down that he was trying the job on his own account, and muffed it.
They certainly laced into me for further orders when I muffed a ball.
Dunk did it, though the man struck one foul which Andy muffed, much to his chagrin.
He felt, during that moment, like a drum-major who had “muffed” his baton on parade.
"warm covering for the hands," 1590s, from Dutch mof "a muff," shortened from Middle Dutch moffel "mitten, muff," from Middle French moufle "mitten," from Old French mofle "thick glove, large mitten, handcuffs" (9c.), from Medieval Latin muffula "a muff," of unknown origin. In 17c.-18c. also worn by men. Meaning "vulva and pubic hair" is from 1690s; muff-diver "one who performs cunnilingus" is from 1935.
"to bungle," 1827, pugilism slang, probably related to muff (n.) "awkward person" (1837), perhaps from muff (n.) on notion of someone clumsy because his hands are in a muff. Related: Muffed; muffing.
To fail; botch, esp by clumsiness •The older example refers to playing cricket: This is a ripe one. Don't muff it, Billy (1837+)
[verb sense fr the clumsiness of someone wearing a muff on the hands]