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    stumbling along

    And then, a woman came into my sight, stumbling along belatedly; I fell in love with her instantly.

    Can anyone help me find better expression to substitute for the underlined phrase?
    I don't think stumbling along makes sense.

    I would like to replace it with a phrase that carries a meaning that's somewhere along the lines of "running awkwardly in hurry in order not to be late for a meeting"

    Anybody has an idea?

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    Re: stumbling along

    Hmm - good question. Having thought about it for a while, what about replacing it with

    "in a flustered hurry" ?

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    Re: stumbling along

    Quote Originally Posted by waflob View Post
    "in a flustered hurry" ?
    That doesn't sound very natural to me. I can't come up with a 'better' expression than the original.

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    #4

    Re: stumbling along

    a woman came into my sight, tottering hurriedly down the hallway, obviously late for an appointment, and I fell...


    John

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    #5

    Re: stumbling along

    To me, 'tottering' suggests that her heels were rather high.

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    #6

    Re: stumbling along

    Roget's lists both teeter and totter as synonyms for stumble. I chose totter because, compared with teeter, I thought it had less of the height connotation you mention. Now that I think about it, both bring to mind a high-heeled disaster in the making.
    Rainous, how about some feedback?

    John

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    #7

    Re: stumbling along

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    Roget's lists both teeter and totter as synonyms for stumble. I chose totter because, compared with teeter, I thought it had less of the height connotation you mention. Now that I think about it, both bring to mind a high-heeled disaster in the making.
    Rainous, how about some feedback?

    John
    You are a legend.

    Your suggestion dovetails wickedly with my initial intention.

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