fumble
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fumble(
fuhm
-
buhl
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to rummage)
a. hurgar
He fumbled in his jacket pocket and produced a key.Hurgó en el bolsillo de su saco y extrajo una llave.
2. (to search clumsily; used with "for")
a. buscar a tientas
I put my hand out in the dark, fumbling for the matches.Extendí la mano en la oscuridad, buscando a tientas los fósforos.
3. (to use one's hands clumsily)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He fumbles with the remote control. The buttons are too small.No puede manejar bien el control remoto. Los botones son demasiado pequeños.
She was fumbling with her seat belt, and couldn't get it to fasten.Trataba torpemente de abrocharse el cinturón y no conseguía hacerlo.
4. (to express oneself clumsily)
a. titubear
When asked to explain himself, the schoolboy fumbled helplessly for words.Cuando se le pidió una explicación, el niño titubeó, tratando en vano de encontrarla.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (sports)
a. dejar caer
Smith fumbled the ball before throwing home.Smith dejó caer la bola antes de lanzar al home.
b. escaparse
Richards fumbled a pass, allowing Hellmann a shot at goal.A Richards se le escapó un pase, lo que permitió a Hellmann tirar al arco.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (sports)
a. el fumble
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(US football)
Castellanos recovered a fumble to make a touchdown.Castellanos recuperó un fumble para anotar un touchdown.
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fumble
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
the goalkeeper fumbled the ballal portero or
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (general)
a. rebuscar
to fumble for wordsno encontrar las palabras adecuadas, titubear
he fumbled with the controlstrató torpemente de accionar los mandos
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fumble [ˈfʌmbl]
transitive verb
(drop) dejar caer; (handle badly) manosear; coger or agarrar con torpeza; (LAm)
to fumble one's way along ir a tientas
intransitive verb
(also fumble about) hurgar
to fumble in one's pockets hurgar en los bolsillos; to fumble for sth buscar algo con las manos; to fumble for a word titubear buscando una palabra; to fumble with sth manejar algo torpemente; to fumble with a door forcejear para abrir una puerta
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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