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flounder
used in Leaves of Grass

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Definition
to have difficulty — such as to not know what to do or to move awkwardly on unsure footing
  • The little plentiful manikins skipping around in collars and tail'd coats I am aware who they are, (they are positively not worms or fleas,) I acknowledge the duplicates of myself, the weakest and shallowest is deathless with me, What I do and say the same waits for them, Every thought that flounders in me the same flounders in them.
    Book 3 — Song of Myself (81% in)
  • The little plentiful manikins skipping around in collars and tail'd coats I am aware who they are, (they are positively not worms or fleas,) I acknowledge the duplicates of myself, the weakest and shallowest is deathless with me, What I do and say the same waits for them, Every thought that flounders in me the same flounders in them.
    Book 3 — Song of Myself (81% in)
  • The beach is cut by the razory ice-wind, the wreck-guns sound, The tempest lulls, the moon comes floundering through the drifts.
    Book 28 — The Sleepers.... (41% in)

There are no more uses of "flounder" in Leaves of Grass.

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