Definition of flub in English:

flub

verb

[WITH OBJECT]North American
informal
  • Botch or bungle (something)

    ‘she glanced at her notes and flubbed her lines’
    • ‘We shot the ‘Hometown Howdy’ before the show, and I flubbed it twice before getting it ‘right.’’
    • ‘After flubbing her lines, Haines said: ‘I could be a lesbian, folk-dancing, black woman stutterer in a wheelchair with a gimping rubber leg.’’
    • ‘North Carolina proved in the NCAA basketball finals this week that a team with the best talent can carry a coach who repeatedly has flubbed the big ones.’
    • ‘I took a deep breath, flubbed my first line as I walked across the kitchen set, and then took my place in the chair where I did my ‘Oh, George you are my hero for loving your country this much’ speech.’
    • ‘In some cases, the celebrities who appeared on the show couldn't even tell their dumb joke without flubbing it or laughing - a no-no in my book.’
    • ‘Here's the antidote to flubbing your short chip shots.’
    • ‘Yet he says she habitually showed up late, flubbed her lines and was so puffy-faced that she needed ice packs and heavy makeup.’
    • ‘Finally, there is a humorous blooper reel of Kermit and his friends flubbing their lines, and a batch of theatrical trailers for other Columbia family films.’
    • ‘Time and again, she flubbed her identifications of words and colors.’
    • ‘The same thing is true defensively (dating back to last season) - he no longer is making great plays and flubbing routine ones.’
    • ‘Apparently she flubbed her lines because of bad eyesight not because she was drunk or on drugs.’
    • ‘When the show begins, the set and costumes haven't arrived, lines are flubbed, actors go missing, sound and light cues are mixed up and props break.’
    • ‘The debut actress imagines flubbing her lines in the play.’
    • ‘Of course, we had pretty lousy communication between us, and totally flubbed the practical part of it.’
    • ‘There are several hearty laughs to be had, and the hesitations and flubbed lines of opening night will surely disappear as the run continues.’
    • ‘The opening night performance showed signs of strain as Doyle flubbed some lines, performance energy dipped and Scottish accents slipped in and out of authentic focus.’
    • ‘On the other hand, it is partly because he is the only one who could make it through the run without flubbing a line.’
    • ‘A gag reel of the stars flubbing their lines is set to music and is actually funnier than the film (which isn't saying much).’
    • ‘For fans of actors flubbing their lines and breaking character, check out the ‘Severed Parts’ gag reel.’
    • ‘He made the shot from that strange straddling stance, almost weeping with embarrassment, one had to presume, and flubbed the shot, barely scraping the ball out onto the grass.’
    make a mess of, bungle, botch, fluff, fumble, butcher, mess up
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noun

North American
informal
  • A thing badly or clumsily done; a blunder.

    ‘the textbooks are littered with flubs’
    • ‘Did the best-selling author commit a minor flub or a journalistic felony?’
    • ‘What about those little flubs and outtakes, the musical equivalent of typos?’
    • ‘The production is not without its problems: opening night, at any rate, featured a couple technical flubs, and often the music drowned out the performers' voices.’
    • ‘He is forceful and clear and with almost no flubs - and no embarrassingly funny flubs.’
    • ‘Though not as much fun as the bootleg TOS tape that has made the rounds for decades, this is a cute segment of flubs and goofs.’
    • ‘An outtakes reel includes some halfway humorous flubs by the cast and crew (another sad case of the cast's mistakes being funnier then what ended up on screen).’
    • ‘These sometimes terrible flubs were due largely, if not entirely, to Wilson's rigid personality and outsized ego.’
    • ‘Had the flub been quoted in context, with the surrounding paragraphs of fairly well-presented material, readers would have quickly understood this.’
    • ‘‘Killer Bloopers’ is a rough gag reel of flubs and outtakes from the production.’
    • ‘With his emotive voice and captivating stage presence, Lightburn is truly the star of the show, although the rest of the band makes far fewer technical flubs and is really quite impressively tight.’
    • ‘Long-running comics titles often resort to this ploy - rewriting story history that was first created on the fly gives the writers a chance to act as if the first flubs never happened.’
    • ‘Along with a 6 minute gag reel that is nothing more than flubs and mistakes, there are 13 deleted scenes with optional Farrelly commentary that explains the reason for their omission in the film.’
    • ‘These flubs, combined with the fact that the director chose to have the actors constantly walking up and down the aisles of the theatre, ultimately only served as a major detraction from the performance.’
    • ‘. Yes, for a limited time only, you can witness the various flubs, flaws and foul-ups of the MST3K gang as they try to work their way through a typical two-hour episode.’
    • ‘Crikey has fired the odd shot without proper trial, but always has the mettle to account for the mistake - a fine example to the mainstream where, as a matter of routine, such flubs go unacknowledged.’
    • ‘The flub cost him a full second, and he never got it back, finishing a humiliating 16th, 1.71 seconds off the pace.’
    • ‘But maybe it was a flub to wear the polo shirt with the alligator again.’
    • ‘For a while, Dean was able to shake off the flubs, but he was peaking too soon.’
    • ‘This is bookended with a humorous gag reel of flubs and mistakes by the cast, crew, and gremlins!’
    • ‘With the fast-forward editing and narration flubs gracing the final cut, it seems like you were trying to mirror the intensity of skating.’

Origin

1920s: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

flub

/flʌb/