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flounder floundering
experience difficulty or uncertainty
  • How to Memorize
    • flounder - struggle
  • Analysis

    A good way to remember how to use the word ‘flounder’ is to imagine that it is a combination of ‘fail’ and ‘blunder’, as it combines elements of both. You can 'flounder’ when you feel confused or upset, or when you act clumsily or ineffectively, particularly when faced with difficulties.

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    Synonymsfalter, stumble, blunder,
    Antonymsprevail, prosper, thrive,
  • Example(s)
    1. Now that Mary has resigned as CEO, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if that company began to flounder.

    2. I found myself floundering during the job interview because I didn’t expect the questioning to be so aggressive.

    3. The sodden weather conditions made it very difficult to work in the field. I spent a lot of the time floundering in the mud.