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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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The potential existence of independent spawning aggregations of summer flounder in the management area has prompted many studies that compare phenotypic traits among groups determined a priori.
that flounders have little capacity for adaptive pattern changes.
Sunday, May 25 sees the second Little Derek's Flounder Fanatics competition take place at The White Wall (10.
The following match, fished by 19 with 12 weighing in, was won by Phill Smith, who caught six flounder for 3lb 12.
In July 2010, the duo decided to set up a mobile fish and chip van business, with Randolph agreeing to move PS20,000 into a new Leeds Building Society account in Flounders name, but retaining the passbook as security.
Tonyrefail sea angler Bobby Edwards spent his 75th birthday taking part in a weather-battered Odyssey SAC competition at Llansteffan, winning with the only fish of the day, a flounder weighing 8oz.
As long as you can go shallow, you have the makings of a flounder boat.
When the two defendants were charged, Flounders had to be restrained as he threatened to bite off a detention officer's lips.
Club secretary Bob Galley caught a 2lb 3oz dogfish from the pier to taKe second prize; a 1lb 9oz dogfish from the White Wall put Tony Mardon in third place and then it was bacK to the pier where Jason Nutt finished fourth with a 1lb flounder.
Newbiggin AC had a good weigh-in for their last match with 20 out of 29 landing 26 whiting, 22 cod, four flounders and a single dab for 59lb 7oz.
There is also a host of smaller flounders (eyes on the left side--check and you'll see
The Rivers Tyne and Wear are still giving some decent flounders and eels and, from the River Tyne a RESULTS Amble SAC fished a club competition at Warkworth.
Terry Dalton won it with five flounder, two coalfish and a rockling for 4lb 6oz.
Sean Doyle took all the pool money with two flounders weighing 0.
Henry Henderson won pounds 100 for a 10oz flounder, Joe Dent took pounds 100 with a flounder of 8-oz and Liam Smith claimed the junior title with a flounder of 1lb 2oz.