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to have two left feet – to be a bad dancer, not knowing how to move one’s feet* He likes to watch people dance, but he never joins them because he has two
clumsy – moving awkwardly; not being able to control the movements of one’s
body, or not being able to make smooth movements, often accidentally hitting
things or falling down
* Ian is so clumsy that he regularly drops and breaks dishes when he tries to
to stumble – to move awkwardly, hitting one’s foot against the ground or another
object so that one almost falls down
* Watch where you’re going, or you might stumble over these rocks.
graceful – elegant; moving very smoothly and in control of one’s body
* Most ballerinas are very graceful, even when they aren’t dancing.
to glide – to move smoothly and beautifully with very little effort, making it look
* The artist glided through the art gallery, making small adjustments to his work
and making sure that everyone was having a good time.
uncoordinated – clumsy; not in control of the way one’s body moves; not able to
do physical things well
* Young always wanted to do gymnastics, but he is too uncoordinated.
awkward – uncomfortable and difficult; out of place; not able to do something as
other people do it
* Helena always feels awkward leaving voicemail messages for people when
they don’t answer their phone.
accident-prone – likely to have an accident; with a high probability of having an
* Trevor is a very accident-prone kid. By the time he was 10 years old, he had
already broken seven bones and been in the hospital several times.
like a bull in a china shop – a phrase used to describe a person who
accidentally hits things, making them break
* Lucille, I’m sorry I broke the vase in your living room. It was an accident.
Sometimes I’m like a bull in a china shop.