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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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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.
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References in periodicals archive ?
Reefs are not the only options for catching flounder. Almost any area that has a soft bottom and a gentle slope to deeper water can be productive.
There are some nice flounder in the Tyne - Tommy Tate took the longest at 40cm in the "One that got away", won by Gareth Gardiner with 12 fish for 311cm.
Second was Tony Baldwin who landed four flounders for a total of 2lb 15oz taken from Cambois and third was Greg Norris with two flounders for 1lb 10oz also taken at Cambois.
Coastal populations of winter flounder spawn demersal eggs inside estuaries during the winter and early spring (Pearcy, 1962).
The United States had also orchestrated the bombing of Syria by parties uninvited by the Syrian government, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, Flounders pointed out.
Mr Pownall finished his questions by asking Miss Flounders if she saw any future in "the relationship that you had".
Adam Johnson " Miss Flounders said: "I asked how old she was.
Just beaten was Richard Thomas whose flounder brace weighed 0.59kg and then weights dropped to the 0.14kg rockling that gave third prize to Neil Owen.
There are 3 recent collections of Kamchatka Flounder from the Gulf of Alaska in the University of Washington Fish Collection (UW 111528, 410 mm SL, off the Sanak Islands; UW 119477, 280 mm SL, near the Shumagin Islands; and UW 112900, 560 mm SL, off the Alexander Archipelago).
Runner-up was Derek Bibby (Crosby) with six flounders for 3480 grammes and Phil Copland (Tranmere) totalled 2800 grammes.
The popularity of meals in minutes or meals to go lends itself well to flounders and soles being used in conjunction with stuffing.
Using the newly-develop method, the FRA has analyzed about 3,000 released flounders caught in the Sea of Japan.
Flounders' Folly was built by Benjamin Flounders, a Quaker from Yorkshire, in 1838 probably to celebrate his 60th birthday.
NEWTON "BUD" FLOUNDERS, 83, World War II veteran and retired architect from San Francisco, widely known as the nation's leading collector of gay novels, at a Phoenix hospice of a head injury from a recent fall, May 18.