flounder verb [ I ]

UK /ˈflaʊn.dər/ US /ˈflaʊn.dɚ/

to experience great difficulties or be completely unable to decide what to do or say next:

He lost the next page of his speech and floundered around/about for a fewseconds.
Although his business was a success, his marriage was floundering.
Richardson resigned as chairman, leaving the company floundering.


pidgin noun [ C or U ]

UK /ˈpɪdʒ.ɪn/ US /ˈpɪdʒ.ɪn/

a language that has developed from a mixture of two languages. It is used as a way of communicating by people who do not speak each other’s languages.

pidgin English, French, etc. informal

English, French, etc. when it is spoken in a simple way by someone who does not speak that language well:

«He come here?» he asked in pidgin English.