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 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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