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    Post the United States and Europe—are foundering

    From Zakaria: Russia's Strategic Blunder | Newsweek Voices - Fareed Zakaria | Newsweek.com

    In the text below,what does "foundering" mean?


    Many in Washington have described Russia's attack on Georgia as a turning point in international affairs. Pundits thunder that we are returning to an age of great-power conflicts. Globalization and integration have been exposed as shams. Russia is playing this new Great Game with ruthless brilliance and we—the United States and Europe—are foundering. As events unfold, however, almost all of this instant analysis will prove sensationalist, misguided and incorrect.

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    Re: the United States and Europe—are foundering

    founder: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com - I don't see what the problem is

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    founder: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com - I don't see what the problem is

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    The problem was my procedure. I have searched for "foundering" in the foundering - OneLook Dictionary Search , which gave me:
    noun: (of a ship) sinking

    Next I searched for in foundering - definition of foundering - synonyms, pronunciation, spelling from Free Dictionary , which gave

    NOUN (1) 1. (of a ship) sinking;
    [syn: foundering, going under]

    So, I gave up. That's it! Anyway, thanks for your kind answer.
    Last edited by dilermando; 25-Dec-2008 at 16:49.

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    Re: the United States and Europe—are foundering

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
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    NOUN (1) 1. (of a ship) sinking;
    [syn: foundering, going under]
    That's a interesting link. An enterprise (company, country, organization...) that is failing completely can be said to be 'going under'. (This may have something to do with an idiom for a country - 'the ship of state'; and the Latin for "rudder" - gubernator - is the root of the word 'governor'.)

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