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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of founder.

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Examples

  • Oliver Golding's tilt at the boys 'singles title foundered in the semi-final.

    Sport news, comment and results | guardian.co.uk

  • Seven months ago, he left a job at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, where similar plans to seek NCI designation foundered in the bad economy.

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  • The Bush and Obama administrations considered helping Yemen formulate a rehabilitation program, but the idea foundered amid concerns about the Middle Eastern country's capacity to implement it, officials said.

    Witness Against Torture

  • One of the horses "foundered," so a zealous chevalier offered his mount; "the animal was full of vigour and pulled away a thigh."

    "Am I sorry I tried? Yes and no. Yes, because it accomplished little except to throw away the rest of my life."

  • Part of the reason may have been that Lyor’s instincts and maneuvering proved spot-on: while the other PolyGram labels foundered, Def Jam had a red-hot Christmas.

    Fortune’s Fool

  • "foundered" in the last 30 days, five of them in sports stories and five appropriate (in my view) uses of "floundered", so it seems that writers are heeding the advice in the style guide which asks journalists to question whether they are using the right verb.

    The Guardian World News

  • Efforts to amend the Constitution to allow prayer in school foundered as supporters bickered over what kind of prayer should be allowed and over provisions for students to opt out.

    American Grace

  • Talks between the NBA owners and players foundered, setting the stage for a lockout when their labor agreement expired at midnight Thursday.

    What's News: Business & Finance

  • He dismisses the received wisdom that Gingrich foundered under attacks from Mitt Romney last night over the Freddie Mac issues.

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  • Ana Ivanovic's bid to reach her first grand slam quarter-final in three and a half years has foundered at the hands of second seed Petra Kvitova at the Australian Open.

    Australian Open 2012: Kvitova puts out Ivanovic

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  • Derived from Spanish queso fundido, where melted mozarella is served, to be eaten with tortillas. Best when a large greasy pool of minced chorizo occupies the center of the preparation. Now wouldn't that be great - hash browns foundering in melted mozarella and chorizo?

    September 21, 2009