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 for muff
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Muff \Muff\ (m[u^]f), n. [Cf. LG. muff, D. mof, G., Dan., & Sw.
     muff, F. moufle mitten, LL. muffula, MHG. mouwe sleeve, D.
     mouw, and E. muffle, v.]
     1. A soft cover of cylindrical form, usually of fur, worn by
        women to shield the hands from cold.
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     2. (Mech.) A short hollow cylinder surrounding an object, as
        a pipe.
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     3. (Glass Manuf.) A blown cylinder of glass which is
        afterward flattened out to make a sheet.
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     4. [Perhaps a different word; cf. Prov. E. maffle to
        slammer.] A stupid fellow; a poor-spirited person.
        [Colloq.] "A muff of a curate." --Thackeray.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     5. [See 4.] (Baseball) A failure to hold a ball when once in
        the hands.
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     6. (Zool.) The whitethroat. [Prov. Eng.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Muff \Muff\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Muffed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Muffing.]
     To handle awkwardly; to fumble; to fail to hold, as a ball,
     in catching it.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Whitethroat \White"throat`\, n. (Zool.)
     Any one of several species of Old World warblers, esp. the
     common European species ({Sylvia cinerea), called also
     strawsmear, nettlebird, muff, and whitecap, the
     garden whitethroat, or golden warbler ({Sylvia
     hortensis), and the lesser whitethroat ({Sylvia curruca}).
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  muff
      n 1: a warm tubular covering for the hands
      2: (sports) dropping the ball [syn: fumble, muff]
      v 1: fail to catch, as of a ball
      2: make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we
         had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult
         passage in the second movement" [syn: botch, bodge,
         bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub,
         screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff,
         bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble,
         mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  66 Moby Thesaurus words for "muff":
     bad job, be all thumbs, bevue, blow, blunder, blunder away,
     blunder into, blunder on, blunder upon, bobble, boggle, bollix,
     bonehead play, boner, boo-boo, botch, bumble, bungle, butcher,
     butterfingers, clumsy, clumsy performance, commit a gaffe, dub,
     duffer, error, etourderie, faux pas, flounder, flub, fluff, foozle,
     foozler, foul-up, fumble, fumble-fist, gaucherie, goof, goof up,
     goofball, goofer, hash, hick, louse up, lumber, lummox, lump, mar,
     mess, miscue, mistake, muddle, muffer, murder, off day,
     play havoc with, rube, sad work, screw up, slip, slob, spoil,
     stumble, stumblebum, stumblebunny, trip
  
  

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