fluff (one's) lines

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fluff (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 fluffed my lines. I had learned the speech off by heart, but I was so emotional that I started fluffing my lines about halfway through.
See also: fluff, line

fluff one's lines

 and blow one's lines; muff one's lines
to speak one's speech badly or forget one's lines when one is in a play. The actress fluffed her lines badly in the last act. I was in a play once, and I muffed my lines over and over. It's okay to blow your lines in rehearsal.
See also: fluff, line
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The 78-year-old former Radio 1 DJ remembers feeling unwell and fluffing his lines when filming an episode in the 1970s which typically drew an audience of 10 million viewers.
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Even David Beckham rose to the occasion and very nearly got through his entire tribute to Olympic hero Lord Coe without fluffing his lines. Not perfect, obviously.
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The world's most wanted man is seen sitting in a ramshackle room, fluffing his lines as he rehearses a video message to his troops.
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