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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

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 through than do anything to help change them. You got a D because you just bumbled through this paper without making any meaningful analysis of the text.
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1. Someone who muddles their way through something in an inept, haphazard manner; a blundering, incompetent fool. With a stumble-bumble 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 stumble-bumble as our governor.
2. dated slang Any powerful, addictive narcotic, especially a barbiturate. Typically used in plural constructions. The officer could tell the two suspects were high off their gourds on stumble-bumbles.

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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Bumble played for Lancashire and England and coached both teams.
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We are running a special competition to celebrate the visit of Fifi Forget-Me- Not, and her best friend Bumble the bee, from the hit pre-school TV show Fifi and the Flowertots, to the Merry Hill Shopping Centre in Dudley on Thursday October 26.
The image was of a big bumble bee complete with its furry, fat middle and tiny, delicate wings - a welcome change from drawings of nuclear reactors and spaghetti-like circuit diagrams.
Usually they are fairly exotic creatures in faraway places, but now it seems here in the North East we are losing our bumble bees and the scientists want to know why.
Almost every star left loaded down with big shopping bags chock full of Tommy Bahama, Nautica, Fredericks of Hollywood (two guesses who bought a lot of those skimpies), Anne Klein, Kenneth Cole, DKNY, Hard Candy, Bumble and Bumble, Sebastian International, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Smashbox at the event, which is expected to raise more than $1 million by Sunday.
THE British bumble bee population has dropped 60 per cent since 1970, largely because of the increased use of pesticides.