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  ( flounders    plural & 3rd person present)   ( floundering    present participle)   ( floundered    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If something is floundering, it has many problems and may soon fail completely.   (=founder)  
What a pity that his career was left to flounder...      V  
The economy was floundering.      V  
2       verb   If you say that someone is floundering, you are criticizing them for not making decisions or for not knowing what to say or do.,   (disapproval)    (=dither)  
Right now, you've got a president who's floundering, trying to find some way to get his campaign jump-started...      V  
I know that you're floundering around, trying to grasp at any straw.      V around  
3       verb   If you flounder in water or mud, you move in an uncontrolled way, trying not to sink.  
Three men were floundering about in the water.      V adv/prep, Also V  
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      vb   be in the dark, blunder, fumble, grope, muddle, plunge, struggle, stumble, thrash, toss, tumble, wallow  

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founder, flounce, floury, found

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