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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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stumble-bumble

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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stumbles

(ˈstəmblæz)
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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stumble-bumbles

verb
References in classic literature ?
Bumble gave him a tap on the head, with his cane, to wake him up: and another on the back to make him lively: and bidding him to follow, conducted him into a large white-washed room, where eight or ten fat gentlemen were sitting round a table.
'Bow to the board,' said Bumble. Oliver brushed away two or three tears that were lingering in his eyes; and seeing no board but the table, fortunately bowed to that.
Bumble rushed into the room in great excitement, and addressing the gentleman in the high chair, said,
'Compose yourself, Bumble, and answer me distinctly.
Youngsters at Bumbles nursery in Maghull had the chance to dress in firefighters' uniforms and watch the crews as they started up the hosereel jet on their fire engine.
Bumbles owner Angela Makinson said: "The pre-school children are doing a "people who help us" project and they had an absolutely fantastic time.
In an effort to sell his friend's art, he bumbles into a debauched carnival of sex and drugs.
Caroline Quentin, 55, starred in Men Behaving Badly, Blue Murder and Jonathan Creek but dons a Victorian bonnet as Mrs Bumble in tonight's new 20-part series Dickensian, which sees classic characters living together in one London street.