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*awkward as a cow on a crutch

 and *awkward as a cow on roller skates
very clumsy or off balance. (*Also: as ~.) When Lulu was overweight, she was awkward as a cow on a crutch. Tom will never be a gymnast. He's as awkward as a cow on roller skates!
See also: awkward, cow, crutch

*bull in a china shop

Prov. a very clumsy creature in a delicate situation. (*Typically: as awkward as ~; like ~.) I never know what to say at a funeral. I feel like a bull in a china shop, trampling on feelings without even meaning to. Lester felt like a bull in a china shop; reaching for an orange, he made several elaborate pyramids of fruit tumble down.
See also: bull, china, shop

place someone in an awkward position

Fig. to put someone in an embarrassing or delicate situation. Your decision places me in an awkward position. I'm afraid I have put myself in sort of an awkward position.
See also: awkward, place, position

put someone in an awkward position

to make a situation difficult for someone; to make it difficult for someone to evade or avoid acting. Your demands have put me in an awkward position. I don't know what to do. I'm afraid I've put myself in sort of an awkward position.
See also: awkward, position, put

an awkward customer

a person, group, or thing that causes problems, usually because they will not behave in the way you want or expect them to There's usually at least one awkward customer who insists on doing everything according to the rule book.
See also: awkward, customer

bull in a china shop

An extremely clumsy person, as in Her living room, with its delicate furniture and knickknacks, made him feel like a bull in a china shop . The precise origin for this term has been lost; it was first recorded in Frederick Marryat's novel, Jacob Faithful (1834).
See also: bull, china, shop

bull in a china shop

Clumsily destructive. An early written example of the expression appeared in Frederick Marryat's 1834 novel, Jacob Faithful , although the image of a bull wrecking havoc as he wandered among tables and shelves of fine porcelain can be traced a century earlier. The expression can also be found in several European languages, although the animal in question is an elephant. In 1940, an American press agent led a bull through a New York City china shop as a publicity stunt. The bull didn't break anything, but a bystander trying to avoid the bull backed into a table and caused the damage.
See also: bull, china, shop
References in classic literature ?
He was surrounded by the unknown, apprehensive of what might happen, ignorant of what he should do, aware that he walked and bore himself awkwardly, fearful that every attribute and power of him was similarly afflicted.
He scrambled awkwardly to his feet, and said to the self-accused murderer in tones of limpid penitence: "I'm awfully sorry, my dear sir, but your tale is really rubbish.
When he had taken his arm from his face he looked at the serpent; and then did it recognise the eyes of Zarathustra, wriggled awkwardly, and tried to get away.
It was all so simple, but he took it so awkwardly, and was so long thanking me, that I felt awkward too.
And in this kitchen, Kit sat himself down at a table as white as a tablecloth, to eat cold meat, and drink small ale, and use his knife and fork the more awkwardly, because there was an unknown Barbara looking on and observing him.
In his 1985 bueressante Kunst aus Westdeutschland (Interesting Art from West Germany), four bricks cemented together end-to-end droop awkwardly from a canvas covered in a beige wash, the earthy brown calling to mind Beuys while the protrusion visually puns on the cliched machismo of much German art exported abroad.
His wife almost breaks, but just in time discovers that she can, however awkwardly, do some good at the village orphanage.
The South Sydney second rower tripped and fell awkwardly trying to avoid falling on his two-year-old daughter at a family barbecue at his Sydney home.
Rubin's book is stranded awkwardly between journalism, history, and political science.
But digital communication is still awkwardly segmented from the information to which it applies.
The overview of the recent performance-centered perspectives on African American tale-telling traditions is awkwardly cast, buried in jargon derived from a number of critical traditions, none of them really germane to the stories or the materials.
Animal Scam awkwardly grafts animal rights onto the larger environmental movement.
Built by Los Angeles woodworker Alan Pomerantz for Tom Hartmann of South Pasadena, the island replaced a round table that forced people to squeeze awkwardly around the kitchen counters to get into their chairs.
The Ringos are hollow and whimsically shaped, curiously durable, awkwardly bouncy, unsinkably buoyant and peppermint scented.
AN experienced skydiver was killed after landing awkwardly and hitting his head following a 12,500ft parachute jump.