To blunder on
Blunder Blun"der, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Blundered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Blundering}.] [OE. blunderen, blondren, to stir, confuse, blunder; perh. allied to blend to mix, to confound by mixture.] 1. To make a gross error or mistake; as, to blunder in writing or preparing a medical prescription. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

2. To move in an awkward, clumsy manner; to flounder and stumble. [1913 Webster]

I was never distinguished for address, and have often even blundered in making my bow. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

Yet knows not how to find the uncertain place, And blunders on, and staggers every pace. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{To blunder on}. (a) To continue blundering. (b) To find or reach as if by an accident involving more or less stupidity, -- applied to something desirable; as, to blunder on a useful discovery. [1913 Webster]


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  • To lie on — Lie Lie, v. i. [imp. {Lay} (l[=a]); p. p. {Lain} (l[=a]n), ({Lien} (l[imac] [e^]n), Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lying}.] [OE. lien, liggen, AS. licgan; akin to D. liggen, OHG. ligen, licken, G. liegen, Icel. liggja, Sw. ligga, Dan. ligge, Goth. ligan …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blunder on — ˌblunder ˈon f10 derived to continue doing sth in a careless or stupid way • I wasn t sure he understood what I was saying, but I blundered on with my explanation. Main entry: ↑blunderderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • To lie on hand — Lie Lie, v. i. [imp. {Lay} (l[=a]); p. p. {Lain} (l[=a]n), ({Lien} (l[imac] [e^]n), Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lying}.] [OE. lien, liggen, AS. licgan; akin to D. liggen, OHG. ligen, licken, G. liegen, Icel. liggja, Sw. ligga, Dan. ligge, Goth. ligan …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To lie on one's hands — Lie Lie, v. i. [imp. {Lay} (l[=a]); p. p. {Lain} (l[=a]n), ({Lien} (l[imac] [e^]n), Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lying}.] [OE. lien, liggen, AS. licgan; akin to D. liggen, OHG. ligen, licken, G. liegen, Icel. liggja, Sw. ligga, Dan. ligge, Goth. ligan …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To lie on the head of — Lie Lie, v. i. [imp. {Lay} (l[=a]); p. p. {Lain} (l[=a]n), ({Lien} (l[imac] [e^]n), Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lying}.] [OE. lien, liggen, AS. licgan; akin to D. liggen, OHG. ligen, licken, G. liegen, Icel. liggja, Sw. ligga, Dan. ligge, Goth. ligan …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blunder — Blun der, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Blundered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Blundering}.] [OE. blunderen, blondren, to stir, confuse, blunder; perh. allied to blend to mix, to confound by mixture.] 1. To make a gross error or mistake; as, to blunder in writing… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blunder — I n. 1) to commit, make a blunder 2) a costly, egregious, fatal, glaring, grave, serious, stupid, terrible blunder 3) a blunder to + inf. (it was a blunder to invite them) II v. (d; intr.) to blunder on, upon ( to happen on ) * * * [ blʌndə]… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Blunder — Blun der, n. 1. Confusion; disturbance. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. A gross error or mistake, resulting from carelessness, stupidity, or culpable ignorance. [1913 Webster] Syn: {Blunder}, {Error}, {Mistake}, {Bull}. Usage: An error is a departure or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blunder (chess) — In chess, a blunder is a very bad move. It is usually caused by some tactical oversight, whether from time trouble, overconfidence or carelessness. While a blunder may seem like a stroke of luck for the opposing player, some chess players give… …   Wikipedia

  • To lie along the shore — Lie Lie, v. i. [imp. {Lay} (l[=a]); p. p. {Lain} (l[=a]n), ({Lien} (l[imac] [e^]n), Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lying}.] [OE. lien, liggen, AS. licgan; akin to D. liggen, OHG. ligen, licken, G. liegen, Icel. liggja, Sw. ligga, Dan. ligge, Goth. ligan …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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