bobbles

bobble

[bob-uhl]
noun
1.
a repeated, jerky movement; bob.
2.
a momentary fumbling or juggling of a batted or thrown baseball.
3.
an error; mistake.
4.
a small ball of fabric usually used decoratively, as in a fringe or other trimming: a sweater with a line of bobbles up the sleeves.
verb (used with object), bobbled, bobbling.
5.
to juggle or fumble (a batted or thrown baseball) momentarily, usually resulting in an error.

Origin:
1805–15; bob1 + -le; (def 4) perhaps new formation with bob2

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bobble (ˈbɒbəl)
 
n
1.  a short jerky motion, as of a cork floating on disturbed water; bobbing movement
2.  a tufted ball, usually for ornament, as on a knitted hat
3.  any small dangling ball or bundle
 
vb
4.  (intr) sport (of a ball) to bounce with a rapid erratic motion due to an uneven playing surface
5.  informal (US) to handle (something) ineptly; muff; bungle: he bobbled the ball and lost the game
 
[C19: from bob1 (vb)]

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bobble
1812, frequentative of bob (1). The notion is, "to move or handle something with continual bobbing."
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