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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.
See also: around, flounder
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: around, flounder
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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They were soft and helpless, made much noise, and floundered around clumsily trying to accomplish by main strength what he accomplished by dexterity and cunning.
Klopp intimated he made a mistake by placing the 26-year-old in an unfamiliar left-wing position in the UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea on his first start in 16 months, unable to do himself justice as the team floundered around him before being hooked at half-time.
Klopp intimated he made a mistake by placing the 26-year-old in an unfamiliar left wing position in the UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea on his first start in 16 months, unable to do himself justice as the team floundered around him before being hooked at half-time.
We floundered around like a testimonial team put together at a week's notice - soon we'll be labelled 'plucky' if we somehow scruff a point somewhere, the ultimate humiliation for a professional club in my eyes.
Shouldering joint-top weight on his handicap bow, Loom Of Life still looked as though he had plenty to learn as he floundered around a couple of furlongs from home before keeping on for third.
Tourists at the resort town of Ramena - packed for the Easter holidays - looked on as the boat floundered around two kilometres off the coast.
Controversial payday lender Wonga made over [pounds sterling]1m a week in profit during 2012, as the UK economy floundered around it.
Bermuda managed only 17C and Tenerife floundered around 18C.
But not until after Oregon had aimed way too high, floundered around for several weeks and gotten a crash course in reality.
My tutor Sandro, a 22-year-old pro who had been skiing almost since birth, was patient as I fell over, floundered around and threatened to let tears of frustration flow.
The 23-year-old endured an indifferent spell last season, as Wrexham floundered around the relegation zone.
Following my high school graduation back in the '60s, I floundered around until two major events centered me.
I suspect many of the problems faced by beleaguered aircraft like the B-1 and V-22 were at least partly caused by the fact that their complexity exceeded their goodness, so they floundered around in the Region of the Complicated.
And he still had two further chances in what for a moment looked like a circus-clown act, as Martyn and he both floundered around before Cahill hacked to safety, while in the final minute Radzinski pulled a good chance wide.VERDICT
As ever, in the wake of the latest disaster which can be directly attributed to his team selection, formation and tactics, Vogts has floundered around looking for a scapegoat.