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Stumble, 1) to trip in walking, to be near falling: Shr. III, 2, 59. IV, 1, 79. R2 V, 5, 87. H4B I, 1, 131. R3 I, 4, 18. III, 4, 86. With at: “s. at the threshold,” H6C IV, 7, 11. Rom. V, 3, 122. --ing caused by darkness: “it grows dark, he may s.” LLL V, 2, 633. “before the --ing night did part our weary powers,” John V, 5, 18 (the night in which there is no safe walking or acting). Applied to the tongue: “his tongue, all impatient to speak and not see, did s. with haste,” LLL II, 239. “my tongue should s. in mine earnest words,” H6B III, 2, 316.
In a moral sense, == to err: “so you s. not unheedfully,” Gent. I, 2, 3. “she'll not s.” Wint. II, 3, 52. “blind reason --ing without fear,” Troil. III, 2, 77. “they s. that run fast,” Rom. II, 3, 94. “I --ed when I saw,” Lr. IV, 1, 21.
2) With on, == to light on by chance or inadvertently: “what man art thou that thus bescreened in night so --st on my counsel?” Rom. II, 2, 53. “nor aught so good but strained from that fair use revolts from true birth, --ing on abuse,” II, 3, 20.
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