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be all thumbs
To be uncoordinated or clumsy with one's hands. My mother does beautiful calligraphy, but I'm all thumbs—I can barely hold the pen!
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be all ˈthumbs(also be all ˌfingers and ˈthumbs) be unable to hold something without dropping or damaging it; be clumsy: He’s all thumbs when it comes to fixing machines.
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all thumbs, to be
To be clumsy. The locution was already considered proverbial in John Heywood’s collection in 1546 (“When he should get ought, eche fynger is a thumbe”) and has been repeated countless times since.
See also: all
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