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bumble along

To go about bunglingly, awkwardly, mindlessly, etc., during some task or in general. There are so many problems in the world, but people would rather bumble along than do anything to help change them. That new kid just bumbles along in the warehouse, not paying attention to any of our safety requirements.
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bumble through

To go about bunglingly, awkwardly, mindlessly, etc., during some task or in general. There are so many problems in the world, but people would rather bumble through than do anything to help change them. You got a D because you just bumbled through this paper without making any meaningful analysis of the text.
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1. Someone who muddles their way through something in an inept, haphazard manner; a blundering, incompetent fool. With a stumble-bumble like him running the company, it's hard to believe we haven't gone bankrupt yet. She may have been an amazing businesswoman, but she is has been absolute stumble-bumble as our governor.
2. dated slang Any powerful, addictive narcotic, especially a barbiturate. Typically used in plural constructions. The officer could tell the two suspects were high off their gourds on stumble-bumbles.

bumble through something

to get through something clumsily. I guess I will have to bumble through this speech again. Lily bumbled through her song and fled from the stage.
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1. and stum [st?m] and stumble-bumbles (ˈstəmblæˈbəmblæz) n. barbiturates; sedatives; tranquilizers; alcohol. (Drugs.) Kelly was shocked to find a handful of stumble-bumbles in his brother’s jeans.
2. n. the inability to stand up and walk straight. I guess I have the stumbles today. Not enough sleep, I guess.
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Instead of replacing the guy who's just been sacked with another well meaning bumbler from Head Office, my tip would be for the top brass at M&S to pull in the first good-looking 17-year-old they find in the street and ask her to explain to them what it is that women really, really want when it comes to great gear.
Einstein might have been the master of space-time, but here on Earth he was a naive bumbler, the absent-minded professor.
Elsewhere, special guest columnists abound, with bearded bumbler Bill Bryson, who will be arching an eyebrow for timesonline.
The ending doesn't change, of course, but the author has assembled new information that in many ways vindicates Scott, who for years has carried the reputation of an inept leader and bumbler.
You'll see Revels (celebrations of small victories and 'people it's good to know'), the Bumbler (deconstructing mainstream boo-boos) and Three-Minute Activism, where, for example, you might have linked to that inspired petition campaign to change Stockwell Day's name to Doris.
An editorial in Yedioth Ahronoth was headlined, "Trust the Schlemiel", using the Yiddish word for bumbler.
Support ratings rose in the first year, after the country's economy showed signs of improvement after a long recession, and his image as an amiable bumbler won the hearts of the public.
Calista Flockhart (TV's Ally McBeal) is totally lost, while a fine actor like Stanley Tucci is completely miscast as Puck, looking more middle-aged bumbler than mischievous sprite.
The series, which is explicitly intended to make fun of the Clinton White House, features the charming minstrel show of President Lincoln, the author of the Emancipation Proclamation, as "a sex-crazed bumbler who has a young bimbo assistant and a frustrated wife," according to the Washington Post.
Roger Rees's George is the eternal bumbler, unable to master his goggles and hoses, his own limbs or his ill-fitting role of pater familias; inept and creepy, this George embodies the meanness (in both senses) of one with no real role in life.
Stories from America's first national park reveal how the public image of bears has changed from the wilderness horror to a big version of Teddy Ruxton, the cuddly bumbler.
Don't feel a scintilla of sympathy for a bumbler who isn't half as clever as he thinks.
It is an authorbacked role meant to let the comedian- actor be the bumbler, and he does adequately.
Frankie is that bumbler - overreacting to things, making the wrong choices, she can't cook, she's a bad housekeeper.