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To move without the benefit of perfect vision
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Present participle for to physically struggle or flail around clumsily
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“The others watched him kick and flounder as he struggled up, then saw his feet disappear.”
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Present participle for to move or act clumsily, ineffectively, or with great difficulty
“I had to flounder through the entire experience on my own. You, on the other hand, have me, a teacher to guide you.”
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Present participle for to move ploddingly or with heavy steps
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“The nuns, tucking up their habits, were forced to flounder through the mud on foot.”
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Present participle for to fail to have the intended effect or result
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“At yet another point, it looked as though the talks would flounder on the question of citizenship certificates issued by other States.”
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Present participle for to face difficulties in a given task or environment
“Your students don't have to flounder against the tide of peer pressure by themselves.”
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Present participle for to have financial difficulties
“As current news reports attest, whole nations flounder in debt of untold trillions.”
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Present participle for to act or be mentally confused or dumbfounded
“Nevertheless, the majority of candidates with quantitative finance degrees still flounder at this simple question.”
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Present participle for to hesitate in acting or speaking, especially due to being flummoxed or confused
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“It may be reassuring to know that even the most experienced of novelists flounder in response to this one.”
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Present participle for to move or jolt around unsteadily or abruptly
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Present participle for to worsen or degenerate
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Present participle for talk with continued involuntary repetition of sounds, especially initial consonants
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Present participle for to interfere with or put into a state of disorder
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Present participle for cause to become stuck in mud
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Present participle for to go to a lower level, especially abruptly
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Present participle for fall, move, or hang in a loose and ungainly way
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Present participle for to become embroiled or implicated in
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Not having or showing the necessary skills to do something successfully
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Awkward, clumsy or socially inept
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Thrashing
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Characterized by shaking or shuddering movements
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Lacking in purpose or use
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