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flounder around

to struggle or wallow around. The whole company is just floundering around and getting nowhere. The horse floundered around, trying to get across the soggy pasture.
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flounder through something

1. Lit. to struggle through something, such as a mire, swamp, etc. The Jeep floundered through the swamp without getting stuck. The horse floundered through the muddy field.
2. Fig. to struggle awkwardly through a difficult situation. We floundered through the performance. I don't know how we did it, but we did it. We just floundered through our presentation, hoping for a lot of questions.
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flat as a pancake

Extremely level, especially too much so. For example, There are no hills; this terrain is flat as a pancake. This simile dates from the 1500s and has survived its contemporary, flat as a flounder. It is sometimes used, either disparagingly or ruefully, to describe a small-breasted woman.
See also: flat, pancake
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Number (thousands) of flounder caught in Estonian waters of the Gulf of Finland Age 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 3 426 299 529 677 451 4 464 246 158 344 166 5 233 139 68 109 91 6 106 91 44 41 77 7 19 34 15 29 36 8+ 3 13 13 9 46 Total 1251 822 827 1209 867 Age 2001 2002 2003 2004 3 1069 671 383 484 4 281 390 199 373 5 100 185 92 177 6 79 104 64 124 7 42 53 43 64 8+ 34 71 91 41 Total 1605 1474 872 1263 Table 4.
Annulus formation on otoliths and growth of young summer flounder, Paralichthys dentatus, from Pamlico Sound, N.
The 30 winter flounder collected in traps were retrieved during the months of June--August 1999, in replicate traps (n=3) set in four open water sites (outer jetty, open water, oyster bed, and bulkhead) (Figure ic).
People may start calling quick-change artists flounders rather than chameleons, thanks to a new study on the camouflage habits of Bothus ocellatus.
5oz), while Sharp's flounder was the largest round fish at 45cm.
Just like flounder, the octopuses contoured their bodies to hug the wavy seafloor, tapering their arms behind them.
For the flounder log: In food processor fitted with a metal blade,
This Sunday the action switches to Arbroath, with the Scottish Open Flounder Championships.
Effect of feeding ratio on growth and body composition of juvenile olive flounder Paralichthys olivaceus fed extruded pellets during the summer season.
Lesson: Bottom presentations are never wrong, but don't overlook the potential for catching flounder higher in the water column.
With flat, calm sea conditions, most anglers headed for the beaches to try their luck for flounders.
Tony Anderson won again at Blyth with three cod, three whiting and one flounder for 8.
ONE anglers fished St Mary's Shore Anglers' first match of the week, with eight weighing in nine mackerel, six flounder and one plaice.
With reduced food and increasing temperatures, winter flounder numbers will continue to decrease.