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  1. Arnolda
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    flounder in the mire

    If possible could someone explain the saying "flounder in the mire" to me since I'm not able to find a dutch translation of this saying anywhere.

    Thanks.

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    Re: flounder in the mire

    Quote Originally Posted by Arnolda
    If possible could someone explain the saying "flounder in the mire" to me since I'm not able to find a dutch translation of this saying anywhere.

    Thanks.
    It means to put a lot of time, energy and effort into something and getting nowhere.

    to flounder (v.) is to act like a fish out of water...to flap around in one spot, roll about, tumble around etc.
    mire (n.) is a muck, mud, soggy or wet ground.

    put those two together and you can imagine something stuck in one spot trying to figure the way out of it.

    ex.

    I am trying to explain this to you but you won't accept my explanation. I will let you flounder in the mire then.

    ..the person will be still trying to figure out the answer but he will get nowhere himself.

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