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flounder -- as in: he floundered
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  • Suddenly, in his bogged floundering in the laboratory, he touched solid earth.
  • He was too rich! Martin the renegade medical student could flounder off and be a soda-clerk, but if the husband of Joyce Lanyon should indulge in such insanity, he would be followed by reporters and photographed at the soda handles.
  • He floundered back to the cabin and burst in, crying, "You old grouch, we got to stick together!" Terry was as much moved as he; neither of them was far from tears; and as they roughly patted each other’s shoulders they growled, "Fine pair of fools, scrapping just because we’re tired!"

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  • She is floundering in college
  • Floundered on the uneven footing.

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