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flounder

verb

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1 to proceed or act clumsily or ineffectually
  • unprepared choristers who floundered helplessly through the musical number

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2 to move heavily or clumsily
  • the car floundered through the heavy wet snow, constantly getting stuck

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“Flounder.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/flounder. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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