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stumblebum

1. Someone who is clumsy or bumbling in their movement or behavior. He always turns into such a stumblebum after a couple glasses of wine. I've been a stumblebum my whole life. Maybe clumsiness is just genetic.
2. Someone who stutters, stammers, or rambles when they speak. He's a great actor, but he's such a stumblebum when he's being interviewed that it is hard to take him seriously. I have no problem talking to small groups of people, but I turn into a total stumblebum when I'm in front of a big audience.
3. A drunkard. His old man's been a stumblebum for years. It's why he can't hold down a steady job. The thought of becoming a useless stumblebum like my mother was enough to keep me away from alcohol my whole life.
4. Someone who muddles their way through something in an inept, haphazard manner; a blundering, incompetent fool. With a stumblebum 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 stumblebum as our governor.

stumblebum

n. a tramp or bum, especially drunk and stumbling. The poor old stumblebum got to the other side of the street the best he could.
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Even though it was maybe a wee bit insensitive to talk about the stumblebums just a week after Gerry Rafferty had passed away.
Caius set the pace with an articulate tenor and whirlwind entrance to berate Falstaff's servants, Bardolph (tenor Martin Sadd) and Pistol (baritone Neil Craighead), a Mutt-and-Jeff team of stumblebums whose voices blended well.
I would not let go of DiMaggio for those stumblebums if you threw in city hall, the library, B&M carshop and the Ford MC of Dt [Motor Company of Detroit].
Having been on the receiving end of their nasty, baseless suspicions I did not welcome the accusation that I was in the pay of these politically- motivated stumblebums.
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Older Mina enlists the help of her lawyer, Mitra (Pantea Bahram), and her newspaper colleagues in an adhoc alliance of gals against the sleazy guys, who prove to be quite the trio of stumblebums.
If they had to think, they would look like the self-conscious stumblebums most of us are; because they are free of thought, each step follows logically on the one before and leads inexorably to the one after, right to the last step into death.