We take it as our birthright to stumble upon the unexpected, improvised yet somehow foreordained fulfillment of our hopes.
Unless Romney badly stumbled, there was not going to be room for Huntsman—and Romney did not stumble.
I stumble through interviews for my job at NY1, memories flooding back.
Afterward, stumble out into North Beach and walk it off on a stroll down to the Wharf.
And I too, in my urge to help the next fellow must inevitably resign myself to struggle and stumble at finding my way.
Cliff felt his stride falter, saw Vilma stumble, and he hurled himself forward furiously, gripping her arm.
It would be many hours before Flor would be able to stumble homeward.
While the horses are ‘coming,’ I stumble out into the town too.
He gave his prisoner a shove, making him stumble a couple steps toward me.
The stumble seemed to put new life into The Rascal, for once again he showed what a rare turn of speed he possessed.
c.1300, "to trip or miss one's footing" (physically or morally), probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. dialectal Norwegian stumla, Swedish stambla "to stumble"), probably from a variant of the Proto-Germanic base *stam-, source of Old English stamerian "to stammer," German stumm "dumb, silent." Possibly influenced in form by stumpen "to stumble," but the -b- may be purely euphonious. Meaning "to come (upon) by chance" is attested from 1550s. Stumbling-block first recorded 1526, used in Rom. xiv:13 to translate Greek skandalon.
To cast or record fraudulent votes in an election (1854+)