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Confuse vs. Flounder

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Confuseverb

(transitive) To mix up; to puzzle; to bewilder.

Floundernoun

A European species of flatfish having dull brown colouring with reddish-brown blotches; fluke, European flounder, Platichthys flesus.

Confuseverb

(transitive) To mistake (one thing) for another.

‘People who say "hola" to Italians are confusing Italian with Spanish.’;

Floundernoun

(North America) Any of various flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae or Bothidae.

Confuseverb

(transitive) To mix thoroughly; to confound; to disorder.

Floundernoun

A bootmaker's tool for crimping boot fronts.

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Confuseverb

To make uneasy and ashamed; to embarrass.

Flounderverb

(intransitive) To flop around as a fish out of water.

Confuseverb

To rout; discomfit.

Flounderverb

(intransitive) To make clumsy attempts to move or regain one's balance.

‘Robert yanked Connie's leg vigorously, causing her to flounder and eventually fall.’;

Confuseadjective

Mixed; confounded.

Flounderverb

(intransitive) To act clumsily or confused; to struggle or be flustered.

‘He gave a good speech, but floundered when audience members asked questions he could not answer well.’;

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Confuseverb

To mix or blend so that things can not be distinguished; to jumble together; to confound; to render indistinct or obscure; as, to confuse accounts; to confuse one's vision.

‘A universal hubbub wildOf stunning sounds and voices all confused.’;

Floundernoun

A flatfish of the family Pleuronectidæ, of many species.

Confuseverb

To perplex; to disconcert; to abash; to cause to lose self-possession.

‘Nor thou with shadowed hint confuseA life that leads melodious days.’; ‘Confused and sadly she at length replied.’;

Floundernoun

A tool used in crimping boot fronts.

Confuseverb

mistake one thing for another;

‘you are confusing me with the other candidate’; ‘I mistook her for the secretary’;

Floundernoun

The act of floundering.

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Confuseverb

be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly;

‘These questions confuse even the experts’; ‘This question completely threw me’; ‘This question befuddled even the teacher’;

Flounderverb

To fling the limbs and body, as in making efforts to move; to struggle, as a horse in the mire, or as a fish on land; to roll, toss, and tumble; to flounce.

‘They have floundered on from blunder to blunder.’;

Confuseverb

cause to feel embarrassment;

‘The constant attention of the young man confused her’;

Floundernoun

flesh of any of various American and European flatfish

Confuseverb

assemble without order or sense;

‘She jumbles the words when she is supposed to write a sentence’;

Floundernoun

any of various European and non-European marine flatfish

Confuseverb

make unclear or incomprehensible;

‘The new tax return forms only confuse’;

Flounderverb

walk with great difficulty;

‘He staggered along in the heavy snow’;

Confuseverb

make unclear, indistinct, or blurred;

‘Her remarks confused the debate’; ‘Their words obnubilate their intentions’;

Flounderverb

behave awkwardly; have difficulties;

‘She is floundering in college’;

Confuseverb

make (someone) bewildered or perplexed

‘past and present blurred together, confusing her still further’;

Flounder

Flounders are a group of flatfish species. They are demersal fish, found at the bottom of oceans around the world; some species will also enter estuaries.

Confuseverb

make (something) more complex or less easy to understand

‘the points made by the authors confuse rather than clarify the issue’;

Confuseverb

identify wrongly; mistake

‘a lot of people confuse a stroke with a heart attack’; ‘purchasers might confuse the two products’;

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