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flounder around

To have a hard time doing something or making progress. She expected to move on to greater success, but ever since she left that popular show, she's just been floundering around.
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flounder through (something)

1. To have a hard time physically advancing through something. I floundered through the mud because my boots kept getting stuck.
2. To have a hard time enduring a challenging situation. I definitely floundered through that interview—I mean, I stumbled over everything I said!
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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.
See also: flounder, through

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.
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flat as a pancake

If something is as flat as a pancake, it is very flat. There was barely a breeze and the water was as flat as a pancake. Could he really put up interest rates now? With the economy flat as a pancake and the housing market in crisis?
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flat as a pancake

completely flat.
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(as) flat as a ˈpancake

(informal) completely flat: There are one or two hills in Norfolk, but otherwise the landscape is as flat as a pancake.
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References in classic literature ?
The latter sank his teeth into Red-Eye's arm; but the next moment, with a broken neck, Crooked-Leg was floundering and squirming on the ground.
If John is foundering in Chemistry 1, he had better drop the course; if he is floundering, he may yet pull through.