all fingers and thumbs


all fingers and thumbs
Неловкий, неуклюжий. Искажённый вариант от all my fingers are thumbs («все мои пальцы большие» — «у меня руки-крюки»), т. е. человек не может координировать свои движения из-за сильного возбуждения или стресса.

When the time came to open the Christmas presents Peter couldn't unwrap his fast enough. He was all fingers and thumbs. — Когда пришло время открывать рождественские подарки, Питер не смог быстро раскрыть свой. Он был очень неуклюж.


English-Russian dictionary of expressions. 2014.

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  • all fingers and thumbs — If you re all fingers and thumbs, you are too excited or clumsy to do something properly that requires manual dexterity. All thumbs is an alternative form of the idiom …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • all fingers and thumbs — informal : very clumsy Sorry I dropped the vase; I m all fingers and thumbs today. • • • Main Entry: ↑finger …   Useful english dictionary

  • all fingers and thumbs —    If you re all fingers and thumbs, you are too excited or clumsy to do something properly that requires manual dexterity.     All thumbs is an alternative form of the idiom.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If you are all fingers and… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • all fingers and thumbs — adjective clumsy or awkward He tried to tie his shoelace but was all fingers and thumbs due to his nervousness. Syn: all thumbs …   Wiktionary

  • all thumbs / all fingers and thumbs —    If you are all fingers and thumbs, you are awkward and clumsy and do things incorrectly.     Would you mind wrapping this for me? I m all fingers and thumbs! …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • be all fingers and thumbs — be all fingers and thumbs, have one s fingers all thumbs, etc see under ↑thumb • • • Main Entry: ↑finger * * * be all fingers and thumbs phrase to be unable to do a small difficult job because you cannot control your fingers well enough Thesaurus …   Useful english dictionary

  • be all fingers and thumbs — British & Australian, American to be awkward with your hands and keep making mistakes. Can you thread this needle for me? I m all thumbs today. You know when you get nervous and you re all fingers and thumbs …   New idioms dictionary

  • be all fingers and thumbs Brit. — be all fingers and thumbs Brit. informal be clumsy. → finger …   English new terms dictionary

  • be all fingers and thumbs — ► be all fingers and thumbs Brit. informal be clumsy. Main Entry: ↑finger …   English terms dictionary

  • (be) all (fingers and) thumbs — be all (ˌfingers and) ˈthumbs idiom to be awkward with your hands so that you drop things or are unable to do sth Main entry: ↑thumbidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • be all fingers and thumbs — to be unable to do a small difficult job because you cannot control your fingers well enough …   English dictionary