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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 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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Bush continued this attack, part of a decades-long strategy to enact huge tax cuts by portraying government as an ineffectual bumbler and sugar daddy for welfare queens and wasteful programs.
However, the film's tone - and I daresay much of the comic business involving Grant, playing wonderfully against his loveable posh bumbler image, like a Hugh Grant impersonator doing a pastiche - is undoubtedly largely the responsibility of Richard Curtis, writer of Notting Hill and, of course Four Weddings And A Funeral with which it shares its opening word.
Martin is talking about playing the beloved bumbler Inspector Clouseau in a remake of ``The Pink Panther.
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At the same time, Gore's camp took to branding Bush as a bumbler who can't defend his proposals coherently.
I am sure he is very able at his job, but he always gives me the impression of being a bumbler.
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Magoo - who starred in more than 40 cartoon shorts as a nearly blind bumbler - plays himself acting in a stage play of ``Christmas Carol.
But in movies and on TV (most recently the film A Fish Called Wanda), the stutterer is a stock comic figure, a hapless bumbler whose strainings and contortions are a bundle of laughs.
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From a dumb bumbler, George Bush has suddenly become an omnipotent power who can snap his fingers and fix a problem that has been brewing for 15 years.