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Definition of flounder verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flounder
    he / she / it flounders
    past simple floundered
    -ing form floundering
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  1. 1[intransitive] to have a lot of problems and to be in danger of failing completely At that time the industry was floundering. The new democracy there continues to flounder.
  2. 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to struggle to move or get somewhere in water, mud, etc. She was floundering around in the deep end of the swimming pool. A man came floundering through the snow toward us.
  3. 3[intransitive] to struggle to know what to say or do or how to continue with something His abrupt change of subject left her floundering helplessly.
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