fumble for

fumble for (something)

To make a clumsy, struggling attempt to find or grasp something. I fumbled for the light switch in the dark. Alice stood there, sobbing, and I fumbled for the right words to console her.
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fumble for something

to try to grasp awkwardly for something. He fumbled for his wallet, hoping Wally would pay the bill. Tex was shot while fumbling for his gun.
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Rookie quarterback Bruce Gradkowski threw two interceptions and lost a fumble for the Buccaneers (2-7), who committed turnovers on four of five possessions in the second and third quarters to blow a 7-0 halftime lead in their third straight loss.
On defense, he had the game's only interception and returned a fumble for a touchdown.
And then there was Fresno State, which suffered a last-minute goal-line fumble for the second week in a row in another heartbreak loss to a Big 12 Conference opponent.
They were led by defense and special teams - Merton Hanks returned a fumble for a touchdown, Chuck Levy scored on a 73-yard punt return, and Curtis Buckley's disputed hit and fumble recovery set up a third TD.
The Cougars recovered a fumble for one touchdown and blocked a punt to set up another.