We just floundered on with bloody knees and elbows until they ordered us out of the water.
When Steve Jobs first left in 1985, Apple floundered until he came back.
While Romney has floundered to explain his religion, Love is confident in her faith.
And indeed, when people tried to explain things like the banking system to me, I floundered.
He was caught off guard by the Arab Spring, and he floundered for more than two months as he tried to figure out how to react.
He floundered to the right in an attempt to slip, and fell on his face.
"But you don't really mean it, Josie: you know you don't," he floundered.
Through mud and water we floundered and fell, the night being dark.
Finally she began My Mammie, but floundered, broke down, and cried.
Povey's thought was wandering, evidently; the thread of his first discourse was broken; he floundered.
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.)).