- to perform poorly; blunder; bungle: He flubbed the last shot and lost the match.
- a blunder.
Origin of flub
An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for flubs
If he flubs this like last time, this race is probably over.Now It’s Obama’s Turn to Win the Debate at Hofstra University
October 14, 2012
Timothy Geithner flubs a question about taxes, Michelle Malkin slams the unemployed, and John McCain still stands by his woman.August 2: 7 Best Moments from Sunday Talk
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August 2, 2009
- an embarrassing mistake or blunder
- (intr) to blunder or make an embarrassing mistake
C20: of origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for flubs
1924, American English, perhaps suggested by fluff, flop, etc. Related: Flubbed; flubbing. As a noun, by 1952.
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