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stumble at a straw

To be thwarted or unsettled by a minor issue or problem. Overall, your grades are great, so don't stumble at a straw and abandon your studies because of this one B. You can't rely on Kelsey, she always stumbles at a straw and gets rattled by the slightest problem.
See also: straw, stumble

stumbling block

A challenge or hindrance that prevents something from being accomplished. Stay away from your old friends—their drug use will be a stumbling block in your recovery from alcoholism. We're trying to sell the house, but its undesirable location has proved to be a real stumbling block.
See also: block, stumble

stumble across (something)

To find, discover, or happen upon something casually or by chance. I stumbled across this fantastic little café the other day. Let me know if you stumble across my keys; I haven't been able to find them.
See also: across, stumble

stumble across someone or something

 and stumble (up)on someone or something; stumble into someone or something
to find someone or something, usually by accident. I stumbled across an interesting book yesterday when I was shopping. Guess who I stumbled into at the library yesterday? I got lucky and stumbled on the right answer.
See also: across, stumble

stumble into someone or something

1. to trip and lurch into someone or something. Not seeing the brick in the path, Carl tripped and stumbled into Alice. Jamie stumbled into the wall.
2. Go to stumble across someone or something.
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stumble on someone or something

1. Go to stumble across someone or something.
2. to trip over someone or something. There were three of us sleeping in the small tent. Each of us would stumble on the others whenever we went out or came in. I stumbled on the curb and twisted my ankle.
See also: on, stumble

stumble over someone or something

to trip over someone or something. Tom stumbled over Bill, who was napping on the floor. Don't stumble over the laundry basket.
See also: over, stumble

stumble through something

to get through a sequence of something awkwardly and falteringly. The cast stumbled through the first act and barely finished the second. Mary stumbled through her speech and fled from the stage.
See also: stumble, through

stumbling block

Fig. something that prevents or obstructs progress. We'd like to buy that house, but the high price is a stumbling block. Jim's age is a stumbling block to getting another job. He's over sixty.
See also: block, stumble

stumble across

Also, stumble on. Find by chance, discover or meet with unexpectedly. For example, When we were hiking up the mountain we stumbled across a few abandoned shepherd's huts , or At the flea market Alfred stumbled on a quite valuable old lithograph. This idiom uses stumble in the sense of "accidentally trip." [Mid-1500s]
See also: across, stumble

stumbling block

A hindrance or obstacle, as in His lack of a degree is a real stumbling block to his advancement. This term originally meant "a tree stump over which one trips." Its figurative use dates from the early 1500s.
See also: block, stumble

a stumbling block

COMMON If you describe something as a stumbling block, you mean it is a problem which stops you from achieving something. It's her attitude that's the biggest stumbling block. Cost is a major stumbling block in the hunt for a vaccine. Note: This expression comes from the Bible: `...that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.' (Romans 14:13)
See also: block, stumble

stumble across

To come upon someone or something accidentally or unexpectedly: I had given up finding my keys when I stumbled across them lying under the dresser. On my way to work this morning, I stumbled across an old friend I hadn't seen in years.
See also: across, stumble

stumble on

or stumble upon
1. To trip and almost fall on account of hitting the foot or stepping on something: He stumbled on the curb and fell. She stumbled upon a tree root.
2. To come upon something accidentally or unexpectedly: I happened to stumble on my jacket when I wasn't even looking for it. The detective stumbled upon the truth while thinking about something else.
See also: on, stumble


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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The stumblers and the stutterers are now staggering into the final furlong of the race for the greatest prize that actually doesn't exist.
And Jones is insistent that his reshaped side, with half of last season's stumblers no longer in the starting line-up, do not continue suffering the same wobbles as they chase a play-off spot.
Put simply, Alan Cork's stumblers are the underachievers of their section - and the omens are not good for a U-turn at Swindon's County Ground.
Stumblers and stars in the management of rapid growth, Journal of Business Venturing, 1(1), 31-45.
We are but stumblers in the hinterlands, Too few for linking hands.
Cluster analysis % of % % low Cluster sample ELL SES 1 Automatic word callers 18 63 89 2 Struggling word callers 15 56 81 3 Word stumblers 17 16 42 4 Slow comprehenders 24 19 54 5 Slow word callers 17 56 67 6 Disabled readers 9 20 80 Cluster Word Id Meaning Fluency 1 Automatic word callers ++ - ++ 2 Struggling word callers - - ++ 3 Word stumblers - + - 4 Slow comprehenders + ++ - 5 Slow word callers + - - 6 Disabled readers -- -- -- Figure 1.
However, their remaining fixtures include duels with fellow contenders Blackburn, Barnsley, Bolton and Fulham and points taken off their rivals would leave Wolves well-placed to capitalise on any stumblers above.
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Liverpool have won their last FIVE clashes with Alex Ferguson's stumblers.