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klutz

1. slang A bumbling, clumsy, awkward person. From Yiddish. That's the third plate I've dropped so far. I don't know why I'm such a klutz this morning. The klutz tripped over his own feet on his way up to the podium.
2. slang A stupid, inept person; a schmuck. Oh, stop being such a klutz, already. What you're saying is total nonsense. How that klutz got put in charge is beyond me. He couldn't manage his own sock drawer, let alone an entire department.

klutz around

1. To move around (some place) in an awkward, bumbling, or clumsy manner. I thought it would be funny to teach the class while riding a unicycle, but I just spent the whole time klutzing around on it like an idiot. The waiter klutzed around the restaurant, bumping into people's tables and dropping plates of food.
2. To waste time with silly or foolish behavior. Tom, Jerry—quit klutzing around back there and get to work! The app is so janky and unresponsive. It's like the development team spent the whole time klutzing around instead of actually testing if it worked right.
3. To tinker, fiddle, or experiment with something, especially in a haphazard or improvisational manner. Tom's been out klutzing around with the old van, trying to get the engine working again. I klutzed around with different variations of the recipe until I found something that tasted just right.
See also: around, klutz
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

klutz around

Inf. to go about acting stupidly or clumsily. Stop klutzing around and get your act together. Why are you klutzing around so much?
See also: around, klutz
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

klutz

and klotz (kləts and klɑts)
n. a stupid and clumsy person. Don’t be a klutz!
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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