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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!
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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.
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We could not be more excited to be working with Russell and Barnaby to bring Butterfingers alive.
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Then dude just started rappin' about Butterfingers and spanked this blonde chick's ass.
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One of my correspondents reported that Will had said on the show that he'd stolen carloads of Butterfingers "and stored them in YOUR refridgerator [sic] and sold them door to door, claiming he represented the Make a Wish foundation.
David, who is now involved in the magazine's electronic publishing projects, used to be the magazine's operations manager, running our computer system, not to mention patiently and good- humoredly helping premodern butterfingers like me retrieve lost work and wrestle with e-mail programs.
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December 5 through 21, historic Fallon House Theatre presents The Butterfingers Angel, a Christmas play with carols.
Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance were the other members of the butterfingers brigade, with Dawid Malan and James Franklin also let off - much to the frustration of Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie.
When Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain crossed low in the ninth minute, Mannone went all butterfingers.
1 Thibaut Courtois suffers a similar case of butterfingers when the two sides meet in Rio today.