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Flounce (verb neuter)

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To Flounce. v.n. [plonsen, Dutch, to plunge.]

  1. To move with violence in the water or mire; to struggle or dash in the water.

    With his broad fins and forky tail he laves
    The rising surge, and flounces in the waves.
    Addison's Ovid.

  2. To move with weight and tumult.

                Six flouncing Flanders mares
    Are e'en as good as any two of theirs.

  3. To move with passionate agitation.

            When I'm duller than a post,
    Nor can the plainest word pronounce,
    You neither fume, nor fret, nor flounce.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

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