In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(physically)she was floundering in the water — luchaba por mantenerse a flote en el agua
- it was funny to see him flounder around on the ice — hacía gracia verlo tambalearse por el hielo
- the oxen floundered through the mud — los bueyes avanzaban dando resbalones en el barro
- A witness said Davis, a good swimmer, began floundering in the water.
- Children who had plunged 30 feet off the bridge floundered in the muddy waters, trying to reach dry land.
- Kris laughed and watched her flounder around a bit, and scream and giggle.
- The others watched him kick and flounder as he struggled up, then saw his feet disappear.
- Nonetheless, a few braver souls plunged into the surf to capture the trio who now floundered in water, which now swallowed them up.
- It was true, the steam ship was pulling away rapidly from the docks, followed by a handful of Spaniards who did not board it quickly enough and were left floundering in the cold water.
- A person who struggles and flounders over lots of letters as he/she staggers through a paragraph cannot be called a good enough reader.
- What would floundering around in the water have done to him?
- If the deer had floundered, she'd have gone into the water herself.
- The couple kicked their runners off, grabbed two life-buoys and waded in to where the mother and son were floundering in deep water.
- Not the famous dive, of course, where you flounder about in 5m of water while a score of 2m rays try to suck you to death.
- I have an image of myself, floundering in the rising water as I try to cling to floating stems, my feathers bedraggled and flying out in all directions.
- I saw a sailor floundering in the oil cast waters nearby and headed for him.
- She was floundering in the deep pool, the water getting steadily deeper instead of shallower, her meagre supply of strength rapidly sapping as she struggled.
- Halfway there he got into difficulties and left me with two floundering swimmers to occupy my frantic mind.
- Mentally, it was like floundering through mud.
- She choked, and floundered, but only succeeded in taking in more water.
- The boys then stood there and laughed at her as she floundered around in the water, her wet hair plastered over her face.
2(speaker) quedarse sin saber qué decirhe was floundering after two questions — a la tercera pregunta empezó a fallar / a perder pie
- the economy is floundering — la economía está dando trompicones
- he floundered on in his execrable Spanish — siguió a trancas y barrancas en su espantoso español
- Even if your chosen operator flounders from one blunder to another, the industry's ongoing consolidation will almost certainly come to the rescue.
- Because four years of mind-numbing lectures have dulled my mental reflexes, I momentarily floundered in a sea of possible replies.
- Once in Ireland, he floundered in a confused situation, victim of Charles I's tricky diplomacy.
- His conscience flounders in inchoate confusion as he tries to decide what his surface actions should accomplish instead of asking how their long-term consequences will unfold.
- They halfheartedly asked a one or two questions and I flailed and floundered for an hour and at last I said ‘Well, that's all I've got.’
- Some say that it wards off depression and this may be so, as people who enjoy sharp mental faculties are more likely to be confident and outgoing than those who flounder around in a mental fog.
- It allowed her sister to punish her over and over and over again, to watch her flounder, to watch her fail.
- In fact, the only things he was sure of was that he was far south of Sindark, floundering about in an unknown land where every hand was potentially hostile.
- Nor did she want to be in her second year of college, still floundering about for any sense of direction or any idea of what she wanted to do with her life.
- However, with these types of historical documents, the risk of not including a preface is that the uninitiated could flounder through confusing language and unfamiliar historical episodes.
- Instead we're floundering in a sea of confusion.
- When I'm floundering at a pitch, they think, ‘He must be some kind of genius or something.’
- The worthy outcome for students taking a geometry course is not only proving and learning a set of theorems, but acquiring of mental habits that save them from floundering in the conduct of life.
- We are floundering about, trying to find the path, and they have deliberately said east where it's west, north where it's south, up where it's down, green where it's blue.
- Without our history we are nothing - a building without foundations - simply a mess of people floundering about trying to do what makes them happiest.
- At its lowest it can dissolve our sense of identity and capacity to function as a separate individual, leaving us floundering in confusion, chaos and psychotic breakdown.
- Perhaps fandom has colored my reaction to Season Five, but I found it annoying right out of the gate, and then watched it flounder about for a firm direction.
- While her classmates floundered through Ted Hughes and RS Thomas like a confused flock of sheep, Agbabi leapt from tuft to intellectual tuft, exploring the landscape.
- As an adolescent, I was floundering in my search for an identity, struggling to assemble some kind of personality I could wear without shame.
- They show considerable sequence homology to pleurocidins, antimicrobial peptides of the flounder, Pseudopleuronectes americanus.
- Her ‘daddykins’ was currently clenching his teeth, taking turns staring fiercely at Caelia and the bread, opening and closing his mouth like a flounder.
- The other one is sand sole which I suppose is equivalent to a flounder here.
- The mine is designed to camouflage itself into the ocean sediments, much like a flounder or stingray does.
- I can never get past the whole flounder with bone in.
- Among the aquaculture species, microsatellite maps have been published on rainbow trout, catfish, tilapia, and Japanese flounder, but not on Atlantic salmon.
- We managed to get peeks of banded pipefish, and a peacock flounder at the aptly named Blue Ridge.
- It is also widely believed that these floats also act as a visual attractor to the ever curious flounder.
- The study was spurred by previous observations of feminization in estuarine fish, particularly the flounder, a common flatfish, Matthiessen said.
- The heaviest flounder, gafftop catfish and sheepshead each is worth a Scout 175 Sportfish center console rigged with a 90 Mercury and a McClain trailer.
- Populations of cod, haddock, halibut, red drum and yellowtail flounder are at record lows.
- They seem to have also eaten flounder, whiting, plaice, cod and brown trout too.
- I'm a grilled flounder / white wine sort of girl.
- Not a man will boast that he himself has pulled in even a flounder, but they are certain their brothers, on more fortunate boats, have prospered from great catches.
- I met my first goldentail moray while free swimming between coral heads, and discovered a peacock flounder with its head in the sand.
- Then we would come down behind the net, making a noise and splashing the water to move the flounder.
- It looked like a flounder, although I couldn't be sure, and it was mounted on a panel, in a trophy-like manner.
- The flounder is common in estuaries and the tidal waters of rivers, and especially abundant in the Baltic Sea.
- And there was a point where I yelled something like, ‘Everyone dance like a flounder!’
- Not certain how to get past the human barricade, it scampered about for 10 minutes, before fleeing in the distinctive shape of a flounder.
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