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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83 mins: Big let-off for Boro as James McClean fluffs his lines, unmarked at the back post.
The video, which is not dated, clearly shows an exasperated 54-year-old Rudd swearing as he repeatedly fluffs his lines.
He forgets the dancers' names, waits for the audience to laugh at his unfunny jokes, always interrupts the judges when they are talking, constantly fluffs his lines and is always so patronising towards the celebrity guests.
But things go awry as Villiers breaks wind, fluffs his lines and slaps the star before saying: "you made an a*** of that."
Stood around under the lights in a suit of armour, sweating your b***s off while Mad Max star Mel Gibson fluffs his lines.
"Frank wants it to be the perfect -marriage proposal and is actually a bit nervous in case he fluffs his lines," he added.