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flounder (verb) move or walk awkwardly as in water or in mud; have problems which make it difficult for a thing to continue; unable to know what to say or do, or how to continue.

When you flounder, you have difficulty walking steadily or normally. You walk awkwardly as in water or in mud. When you walk with difficulty across water to get to a point, you flounder. When you find yourself in a situation in which you do not know what to say or do, or how to continue, you flounder. That is, when you find it difficult to respond properly to others' talk or behavior, you flounder. When a company flounders it faces problems and may find it difficult to continue. 'A number of airlines have floundered over the years.' This means that they have all closed down, or are going to close down because of problems like losses, etc..

  • With the sudden and unexpected crash of the stock market, Jamison's fortunes have floundered as he has invested a lot and does not know how to make good the loss.
  • When my close friend Harrison made serious complaints of disclosing some of his secrets to his business rivals, he left me floundered. I did not know what to say because I was totally innocent.
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