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flounder -- as in: he floundered
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  • She is floundering in college
  • Floundered on the uneven footing.
  • horses floundered in the mud
  • I floundered around until one of the clerks, a tall guy with a blond ponytail, came over.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy

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  • Slowly, as he ploughed and floundered through the snow,
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • Madam, my father has left me flopping like a flounder at low tide and you say what’s the matter.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • She’s terrified that people will find out she’s faking, bullshitting her way through life, pretending to have everything together when really she’s just floundering like the rest of us.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • I was a rather nasty cocktail of both those traits, but at the fertility center, I dutifully entered the strange small room dedicated to self-abuse: a place where hundreds of men had entered for no other purpose than to crank the shank, clean the rifle, jerk the gherkin, make the bald man cry, pound the flounder, sail the mayonnaise seas, wiggle the walrus, whitewash with Tom and Huck.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Bast floundered for a moment.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • She’s floundering in the water, coughing, barely keeping herself afloat.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall

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  • Nico and Will were floundering in the lake, apparently having been capsized in the middle of a canoe ride.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • She was floundering for an answer when Judith spoke.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • He tramped from one of his snares to another, waiting every few moments for the dog who floundered happily behind him.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Sign of the Beaver
  • They hated floundering around in the deep snow and balked constantly.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • When I went up to pull them over, floundering in the deep snow, they ignored me, tried to shrug away my hand.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • "Uncle?" she says again, but he is leaving his study, floundering downstairs—are they in danger?
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I’m struggling, floundering, feeling like I’m drowning now, in the white light and the roaring.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • I swear I wouldn’t give you kids a dead flounder for a pet.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • This, combined with the knowledge of Sophie’s imminent departure from the Pink Palace—and my consequent solitude there, floundering pennilessly around Flat-bush with the fragments of an uncompleted novel—gave me a real wrench of despair.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I flounder through the water, the edges of the ice breaking off as I step.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The fly had found its way back to the puddle, and was floundering in the middle, hopelessly mired.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • And that great shot of you holding that flounder on the boat!
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • "But I’m not under fifteen," I said, floundering to produce my official-looking state-issued New York ID.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "Through here, I said—" The boar was floundering away from them.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • I plunge right in, boots still on, and flounder downstream.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Metal ripped on metal and I fell to the ground and rolled as far as I could, floundering to escape my wire prison.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Unable to straighten his legs, he learned to push himself about by leaning on a chair, his legs floundering.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Soldiers floundering knee-deep in mud pushed the guns and wagons themselves.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Postponement now speaks a floundering on my part; reprieve or pardon must cast doubt upon the guilt of them that died till now.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • It is something to have touched bottom anywhere in this bog in which we are floundering.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • We floundered into the ice-cold water, got wet, and then squelched our way back to the classroom, freezing, dripping, already full of apprehension.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Milkman floundered for a word to describe the nagging he thought he was a victim of.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • The undulations of the human surge reached the steps, while all the heads floundered on the surface like a sea agitated by a squall.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Without a degree, Langan floundered.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Tread water and don’t flounder, or you’ll upset the boat.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • They floundered in the mud and dug their wheels down until finally the drivers cut off the motors and sat still, looking into the headlight beams.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • They floundered, struggling to stay above water.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Major Major floundered bewilderedly from one embarrassing catastrophe to another.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "Oh and, er interesting rhythmic devices too," continued Arthur, "which seemed to counterpoint the er er " he floundered.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • At your age I was working hard, not floundering around in a fool’s dream world.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • In the darkness floundering in the cold water they had a difficult and very nasty job finding which were the right barrels.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • Maybe for your next experiment, you could study flounders and prove the earth is flat.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Other regiments floundered up the bank.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • She was jolted out of her reverie and floundering for an answer.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • I floundered around in my head, trying to remember how to close it.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • You’re floundering, my old buck!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • A natural fillip followed, the beetle went floundering into the aisle and lit on its back, and the hurt finger went into the boy’s mouth.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The press, the stress, a floundering financial empire, dot, dot, dot, too much for him.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Staggering along in Frome’s wake I floundered toward it, and in the darkness almost fell into one of the deep drifts against the front of the house.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • He floundered away to the far bank and Peter knew that Susan’s arrow had struck on his helmet.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
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