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Someone who is clumsy and often drops things or else fails to catch something. I dropped another plate! I'm such a butterfingers today. Coach, don't put that butterfingers Jimmy in the outfield!

have butterfingers

To be clumsy, usually momentarily, by dropping or failing to catch something. I dropped another plate! I guess I just have butterfingers today. Coach, don't put Jimmy in the outfield—he has butterfingers!
See also: butterfingers, have

have (or be a) butterfingers

be unable to catch deftly or hold securely.
This phrase comes from the idea that hands covered with butter will be slippery, making holding on to anything difficult. There was also a dialect sense of ‘unable to handle anything hot’, as if your fingers were made of melting butter. Butterfingers! is often jeeringly shouted at someone who has failed to catch a ball in a game.
See also: butterfingers, have
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GREEN-fingered Alan Titchmarsh is more worried about butter fingers in his quiz Masterpiece after an unfortunate incident.
Andrea Willis, the owner of Butter Fingers sandwich shop, said rats are common sight on the street throughout the night.
Andrea Willis, the owner of Butter Fingers sandwich shop, said rats are a common sight on the street throughout the night.
It was a low scoring affair owing to both team's poor shooting and butter fingers with NU committing 28 turnovers and UE 26.
To begin with I could put up with the freezing concrete floor, until my clumsy sons started a competition to see how many cups and glasses they could smash when their greasy little butter fingers dropped them.
Butter fingers Joe Hart lets ball go through his legs, allowing Saints' Steven Davis (inset, below) to follow up and score his side's second goal last night
Stupid grater," I mumbled as my husband laughed, reasoning with me that it was in reality a simple gadget, incapable of stupidity and that I was what my squash coach once called me - butter fingers.
But a warm welcome to dangerous Japanese butter fingers Andrew Tong, who specialises in juggling razor sharp knives.
Amazingly, there was another example of butter fingers this week, all the more comical as it came from Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenberg.
Great way to perfect your fielding skills -- when the incentive's as tempting as that seductive roll, which you only get at On The Go, the deli at DLF Emporio, you can't afford to have butter fingers.
Here's a good tip if you've got a tendancy to be a bit of a butter fingers.
Then Whitehead, who had compiled an accomplished half century was hopelessly run out, the classic scenario of both batsmen standing at the same end unfolding in pantomime like slow motion, as Scholes still nearly failed to secure the breakthrough after an uncharacteristic case of butter fingers from keeper Holmes.
NOBODY doubts the riding ability of Greenall brothers Tom and Ollie, but they have both suffered butter fingers in key hunter chases at Cheltenham this season.
Even the best mechanics get butter fingers from time to time, so a cover on the stabilator is a maintenance life saver.
I caught myself, said to myself: 'See you don't drop that plate, butter fingers.