• All thumbs refers to someone who is physically awkward; clumsy.

  • Lacking physical coordination, skill, or grace.

  • Awkward in handling things; uncoordinated.

1. I wish I could play the piano but I’m all thumbs.

2. Gary tried knitting me a scarf but he’s all thumbs, it looked nothing like a scarf.

3. A: How are your drawing classes going?

B: Not so good, I’m all thumbs!

4. My cousin Kathy is all thumbs, she always knocks over a vase or breaks a plate at my grandmother’s house.


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