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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"Anyone who turned up expecting Ms Lohan, making her stage debut at the age of 28, to exhibit spoilt-child celeb behaviour - fluffing lines, or breaking parole, or racing off to rehab, or simply not turning up - was in for a disappointment," wrote the Guardian 's Euan Ferguson.
The pair were also fluffing lines: "You can only vote once.
The whodunit episode is being shown live to mark the BBC soap's 25th anniversary - and the danger of fluffing lines in front of a massive audience of up to 20million viewers has petrified some cast members.
Jennifer Rhys-Davies was far from convincing,often missing her notes and fluffing lines.
Because while it is still highly amusing to go to your local theatre at Crimbo and watch Aussie soap stars fluffing lines like "infamy, infamy ...they've all got it in for me", it's torture watching David Gower and the boys trading the same schoolboy insults for the seventh series running.
Tess Daly was horrendous, fluffing lines and asking: "What would you say if I said this film was going to be introduced by a Muppet?" I'd say, couldn't get a guest announcer, huh?
He stumbled badly, fluffing lines and appearing lame.
Denise is still finding her feet and her mouth - continually fluffing lines that in the past Kelly Brook era would be seen as dense.
STRICTLY plank Tess Daly embodying Bruce Forsyth's legacy by fluffing lines and missing her marks.