One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the dragoons were floundering in the boggy ground’
struggle, thrash, thresh, flail, toss and turn, twist and turn, pitch, splash, stagger, stumble, falter, lurch, blunder, fumble, grope, squirm, writhe
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2‘you may find yourself floundering as you try to answer a question you have not really understood’
struggle mentally, be out of one's depth, be in the dark, have difficulty, be confounded, be confused, be dumbfounded
informal scratch one's head, be flummoxed, be clueless, be foxed, be fazed, be floored, be beaten
3‘more firms are floundering’
struggle financially, be in dire straits, face financial ruin, be in difficulties, face bankruptcy, face insolvency
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