flounder


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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!
See also: flounder, through

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.
See also: flat, pancake

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?
See also: flat, pancake

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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flat as a pancake

Exceedingly flat, sometimes excessively so. This simile has been around since the sixteenth century, appearing in Nicholas Udall’s translation of Erasmus (1542) and Henry Porter’s play The Two Angrie Women of Abington (1599, 2.3). Morever, it survived and replaced the equally old flat as a flounder and is still frequently used today, often in deprecating fashion to describe a woman’s lack of mammary endowment.
See also: flat, 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.
Flounders have started to show in the Wear in greater numbers with marks between the Business Park and Claxheugh the best venues.
The summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus) is a paralichthid flatfish that supports lucrative fisheries throughout its geographic range; adults mainly occupy estuarine and inner continental shelf waters in the Mid-Atlantic Bight from Massachusetts to North Carolina (Packer et al., 1999).
The Davenport specimen represents a significant range extension of the Kamchatka Flounder south of the Gulf of Alaska.
In 2011, 50 state water vessels took only 2.3 percent of the winter flounder commercial catch, and in 2012, 47 harvested only 3.2 percent.
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.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships between summer cyanobacterial blooms, abundance indices of young flounder, and changes in the distribution and abundance of the flounder spawning stock.
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.
Using the newly-develop method, the FRA has analyzed about 3,000 released flounders caught in the Sea of Japan.
The species--as expected--varied significantly in their mercury content, with large predatory tuna containing the most and bottom-feeding flounder the least.
"A person who flounders is struggling or flailing clumsily.
Summer flounder, Paralichthys dentatus, is a valuable flatfish species that is highly sought by both commercial and recreational fishermen (National Marine Fisheries Service, 1999; NEFSC (1)).
ABSTRACT: The stomach contents of 326 young-of-the-year winter flounder, Pseudopleuronectes americanus, (20-65 mm total length, TL) obtained from caging studies (n=26) conducted June-July (1996-1998) and collected in benthic traps (n=30) deployed in June-July (1999) in the Hudson River estuary were examined to determine whether type and/or size of prey ingested varied with fish size.