flub

[fluhb]
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verb (used with or without object), flubbed, flub·bing.
  1. to perform poorly; blunder; bungle: He flubbed the last shot and lost the match.
noun
  1. a blunder.

Origin of flub

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; origin uncertain
Related formsflub·ber, noun
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Contemporary Examples of flubbed

Historical Examples of flubbed

  • I flubbed my drive, smothered my brassie shot, and heeled my third into the woods.

    Torchy As A Pa

    Sewell Ford

  • The Lester-bot lobbed one to Perry-bot, but Perry-bot flubbed the toss.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow

  • Every time his name came up, somebody would say, "Oh, yes; he flubbed the contact on Whatzit."

    Naudsonce

    H. Beam Piper


British Dictionary definitions for flubbed

flub

noun
  1. an embarrassing mistake or blunder
verb flubs, flubbing or flubbed
  1. (intr) to blunder or make an embarrassing mistake

Word Origin for flub

C20: of origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for flubbed

flub

v.

1924, American English, perhaps suggested by fluff, flop, etc. Related: Flubbed; flubbing. As a noun, by 1952.

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