blow (one's) lines

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blow (one's) lines

To forget or bungle the words that one is supposed to say, as in a speech or play. My mind went completely blank as soon as I stepped on stage, and I totally blew my lines. I had learned the speech off by heart, but I was so emotional that I started blowing my lines about halfway through.
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Hogan, a manipulative and unpleasant Irish-born farmer transplanted to Connecticut, committed no crimes so grievous as to deserve the interpretation he got from actor Roy Cooper, who blew lines like bubbles and so totally lost track of what he was doing onstage one night that the performance had to be stopped entirely.