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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FLOUNDER

And with his head still turned, Andrew felt a shock and flounder.

Let dear Aristide flounder about; this only moulds young people.

What we've done so far, you might best describe as flounder.

If there was a sump-hole in sight, that horse was sure to flounder into it.

Only when she came to describe Bim and to tell of what he said, did she flounder.

I have floundered unawares into the pitfall, and now I must flounder out.

It would be very pretty if it were otherwise, but that's how we flounder.

It must have been a big one, because a halibut is flat, like a flounder, isn't it?

Those who followed were compelled to flounder on the best way they could.

"And leagues of morass to flounder through, by the look of this coast," said Joe.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, perhaps an alteration of founder (q.v.), influenced by Dutch flodderen "to flop about," or native verbs in fl- expressing clumsy motion. Figurative use is from 1680s. Related: Floundered; floundering. As a noun derived from this sense, from 1867.

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