Is there a Japanese idiom equivalent to "fat fingered"?

In other words, an idiom which means "to make a mistake when performing a task that requires using ones finger". This is often used in reference to buttons, switches, keyboard keys, and more recently, touch screens.

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    Probably no exact match exists, but surely you can use the word for 'clumsy' instead?
    – oals
    Dec 16, 2016 at 21:44
  • Haha, I was thinking of this the other day for some reason!
    – istrasci
    Dec 17, 2016 at 1:07

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This is one way:




For example: https://matome.naver.jp/odai/2135281310283618301

That's an article about how to cancel when you pushed the wrong floor button on an elevator.

Consider also:

踏{ふ}み間{ま}違{ちが}えた (often meaning to mistake the gas pedal for the brake while driving, like ブレーキとアクセルを踏み間違えた)

For example: http://www.saitama-np.co.jp/news/2016/12/18/04.html


不器用{ぶきよう} is a common way to describe someone with poor dexterity.

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