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01. Grandma broke her hip today when she [stumbled] and fell at the supermarket.
02. I [stumbled] in the dark on my way to the outhouse and hurt my big toe.
03. The hiker [stumbled] over a tree root and almost fell into the river.
04. The little boy [stumbled] and then fell into the classroom as his classmates watched and laughed.
05. The runner [stumbled] at the start of the race and was unable to catch up with the pack after that.
06. The man was [stumbling] as he crossed the road, and it was obvious that he was drunk.
07. The President seemed unsure of himself and [stumbled] over his answers when questioned by the press.
08. She seemed really nervous and [stumbled] over the words in her speech.
09. Elizabeth broke her ankle when she [stumbled] over a rock while walking on the beach.
10. It was the first week of rehearsals, and the actors were still [stumbling] over their lines.
11. In 1830, a British man became the first person in the world known to have been killed in a railway accident, when he [stumbled] and fell under the wheels of an oncoming train.
12. A Haitian proverb notes that to [stumble] is not to fall.
13. A Chinese proverb notes that small ills are the sources of most of our groans. Men trip not on mountains; they [stumble] on stones.
14. William Shakespeare wrote, "Wisely and slow. They [stumble] that run fast."
15. Ryszard Kapuscinski once suggested that life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and [stumble] from defeat to defeat.

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  • stumble on — ˈstumble a ˌcross ˈstumble on ˈstumble up ˌon [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they stumble across he/she/it stumbles across pr …   Useful english dictionary

  • stumble — [stum′bəl] vi. stumbled, stumbling [ME stumblen < Scand, as in Norw dial. stumba, ON stumra < IE base * stem , to bump against, hamper > STAMMER, Ger stumm, Du stom, mute] 1. to trip or miss one s step in walking, running, etc. 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • Stumble — Stum ble, v. t. 1. To cause to stumble or trip. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: To mislead; to confound; to perplex; to cause to err or to fall. [1913 Webster] False and dazzling fires to stumble men. Milton. [1913 Webster] One thing more stumbles me in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stumble — Stum ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Stumbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stumbling}.] [OE. stumblen, stomblen; freq. of a word akin to E. stammer. See {Stammer}.] 1. To trip in walking or in moving in any way with the legs; to strike the foot so as to fall, or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stumble — (v.) c.1300, to trip or miss one s footing (physically or morally), probably from a Scandinavian source (Cf. dialectal Norw. stumla, Swed. stambla to stumble ), probably from a variant of the P.Gmc. base *stam , source of O.E. stamerian to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Stumble — Stum ble, n. 1. A trip in walking or running. [1913 Webster] 2. A blunder; a failure; a fall from rectitude. [1913 Webster] One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life. L Estrange. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • stumble — [v1] slip, stagger blunder, bumble, careen, err, fall, fall down, falter, flounder, hesitate, limp, lose balance, lumber, lurch, muddle, pitch, reel, shuffle, stammer, swing, tilt, topple, totter, trip, wallow, waver, wobble; concepts 101,181… …   New thesaurus

  • stumble — ► VERB 1) trip or momentarily lose one s balance. 2) walk unsteadily. 3) make a mistake or repeated mistakes in speaking. 4) (stumble across/on/upon) find by chance. ► NOUN ▪ an act of stumbling. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • stumble — index miscalculate, miscue, mistake Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary