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as in:  peace talks foundered

The project foundered
  to fail or break-down


to physically sink below the surface or fall
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foundered foundering founder
Strongly Associated with:   flounder
Don’t confuse this with flounder (clumsy movements to retain balance; or a type of fish).
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  • The project foundered
  • The ship foundered in the storm.
  • the horses foundered
  • The night was really terrible; it would be a miracle if the craft did not founder.
    Jules Verne  --  Around The World In Eighty Days
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Associated words [difficulty]:   founder [6] , flounder [2]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Business, Architecture, Engineering, Nature & Ecology
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