Why did Obama's White House flounder in its initial response to the economic crisis?
China may flounder on the soccer field, but the country is in the grip of a mad World Cup fever.
Instead, Bayou, Israel's hedge-fund group, continued to flounder and the deception only grew.
I have got the hook in her gills and I'll land her in my own fashion, and she may struggle and flounder as she will.
What we've done so far, you might best describe as flounder.
Thus did I flounder about in a sea of uncertainty, but still of exciting interest.
If there was a sump-hole in sight, that horse was sure to flounder into it.
But even as they looked, the pair struck the water and began to flounder through.
I guess he should have loved rather to flounder back through the snow.
She was most aptly named; indeed, I think the flounder would have been a still more appropriate designation.
1590s, perhaps an alteration of founder (q.v.), influenced by Dutch flodderen "to flop about," or native verbs in fl- expressing clumsy motion. Figurative use is from 1680s. Related: Floundered; floundering. As a noun derived from this sense, from 1867.
flatfish, c.1300, from Anglo-French floundre, from Old North French flondre, from Old Norse flydhra; related to Middle Low German vlundere, Danish flynder; ultimately cognate with Greek platys "flat, wide, broad" (see plaice (n.)).