One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be clumsy or awkward in one's actions.‘I'm all thumbs when it comes to making bows’
clumsy, awkward, maladroit, inept, bungling, bumbling, incompetent, unskilful, heavy-handed, ungainly, inelegant, inexpert, graceless, ungraceful, gauche, unhandy, uncoordinated, gawky, cloddish, clodhoppingView synonyms
- ‘"He's all thumbs, Amelia."’
- ‘I am not just all thumbs, more all toes.’
- ‘His bumbling, childlike Mr Bean was all thumbs and two left feet, and the fact that he rarely spoke meant his vaudevillian humour travelled well.’
- ‘I'm trying to get a PDF of the letter up as well, but I'm all thumbs with this pesky technology, so bear with me.’
- ‘You are all thumbs in the kitchen.’
- ‘I'm all thumbs when it comes to any kind of decorating, even presents.’
- ‘"When she is working in the house, she is all thumbs."’
- ‘"I'm all thumbs when it comes to loading the reels."’
- ‘I've been all thumbs and screw up everything I touch.’
- ‘If you are all thumbs when it comes to your hair ask a talented friend or your favorite stylist to help you achieve this style.’
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