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Noun: foundering  fawn-du-ring
  1. (of a ship) sinking
    - going under
Verb: founder  fawn-du(r)
  1. Fail utterly; collapse
    "The project foundered";
    - fall through, fall flat, flop, go to the wall [informal], come to nothing
  2. Sink below the surface
  3. Break down, literally or metaphorically
    "The wall foundered";
    - collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, break
  4. Stumble and nearly fall
    "the horses foundered"

See also: fall

Type of: change, fail, go down, go under, go wrong, miscarry, settle, sink, sinking, stumble, trip

Encyclopedia: Foundering