bobble
I. verb (bobbled; bobbling) Etymology: frequentative of 1bob Date: 1812 1. bob I 2. fumble II. noun Date: 1880 1. a repeated bobbing movement 2. a small ball of fabric; especially one in a series used on an edging <
curtains with bobbles
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3. error, mistake; especially a mishandling of the ball in baseball or football

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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