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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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The nice thing about fishing for flounder is that it's also a great way to catch redfish and speckled trout.
The distribution of juvenile summer flounder reportedly was limited to inshore nurseries between New Jersey and North Carolina (Able and Kaiser (3))--a range that was delineated at its northern extent by the increased sensitivity of early-stage summer flounder to cold water temperatures (<2[degrees]C; Malloy and Targett, 1991).
The Davenport specimen represents a significant range extension of the Kamchatka Flounder south of the Gulf of Alaska.
3 percent of the winter flounder commercial catch, and in 2012, 47 harvested only 3.
However, there is no information available of periodic feed deprivation and refeeding on performance of subadult olive flounder under suboptimal temperature conditions.
Comparing still photographs and video footage from five Caribbean locations collected over the last decade, Hanlon and co-authors, MBL graduate students Anya Watson and Alexandra Barbosa, observed uncanny similarities between the small and delicate octopus and the peacock flounder, Bothus lunatus, one of the most common sand dwellers in the Caribbean.
2) monitoring gill nets with a length of 27 m and mesh sizes of 32-120 mm were used at first for the estimation of the catch per unit effort (CPUE) of younger age-groups of flounder.
The flounder or sole can be found, in one type or another, in all the oceans of the world, and most are relatively small fish, averaging between two and four pounds.
Tokyo, Japan, Jan 16, 2006 - (JCN) - The Fisheries Research Agency (FRA) has developed a method of tracing released flounders using a DNA labeling technique.
The species--as expected--varied significantly in their mercury content, with large predatory tuna containing the most and bottom-feeding flounder the least.
2 -- 3) Actor-director Stephen Furst, known to many as the naive Flounder in 1978's ``National Lampoon's Animal House'' (inset), now keeps fit by whipping up low-fat recipes in his Moorpark kitchen.
2) Summer flounder migrate annually to inshore estuarine and coastal areas during the summer and to offshore areas on the continental slope during winter.
Stomach contents of winter flounder [less than]40 mm were largely comprised of small ([less than]0.
The very forces that the US supports," said International Action Center Co-Director, Sara Flounders.
Stacey Flounders - who is the mother of Johnson's one-yearold daughter, Ayla - said the pair would remain friends, as she was asked about their relationship at the player's trial at Bradford Crown Court.