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founder

verb [I]     /ˈfaʊn.dər/ US  /-dɚ/
(especially of a boat) to fill with water and sink: The ferry foundered in a heavy storm, taking many of the passengers and crew with it.Staying afloat, capsizing and sinking to be unsuccessful: Teaching computers to read and write has always foundered on the unpredictable human element in language.Failing and doing badly
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