stumble on

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Related to stumble on: stumble through
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1. To catch the foot against something and lose one's balance:
Idioms: lose one's footing, make a false step.
2. To walk unsteadily:
3. To move awkwardly or clumsily:
4. To proceed or perform in an unsteady, faltering manner:
5. To make an error or mistake:
phrasal verb
stumble on or upon
To find or meet by chance:
bump into, chance on (or upon), come across, come on (or upon), find, happen on (or upon), light on (or upon), run across, run into, tumble on.
Archaic: alight on (or upon).
Idiom: meet up with.
A stupid, clumsy mistake:
Informal: blooper, boner.
Slang: bloomer, goof.
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