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Clumsy or awkward: “Where plumbing is concerned, Walter is all thumbs.”
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Words nearby all thumbs
all the time, all the way, all the while, All the world's a stage, all the worse, all thumbs, all-time, all told, all to the good, allude, alluded
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Other Idioms and Phrases with all thumbs
Physically awkward, especially with respect to the hands, as in When it comes to knitting, Mary is all thumbs. The notion of this idiom derives from a proverb in John Heywood's collection of 1546: “When he should get aught, each finger is a thumb.”
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