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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 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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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.
Bumble rushed into the room in great excitement, and addressing the gentleman in the high chair, said,
Compose yourself, Bumble, and answer me distinctly.
I didn't look to any previous Mrs Bumbles for inspiration due to her being a smaller role in adaptations.
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.
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.
In an effort to sell his friend's art, he bumbles into a debauched carnival of sex and drugs.
Kids will also learn phonics by helping the Bumbles go to Gerald's zoo and finding the missing beginning or ending consonants of words.