Thomas Bodley, the founder of Oxford's Bodleian Library
1 the ship foundered on a voyage to Holland
sink, go to the bottom, go down, be lost at sea, submerge, capsize, run aground, be swamped
informal go to Davy Jones's locker
2 the scheme foundered due to lack of organizational backing
fail, be unsuccessful, not succeed, lack success, fall through, fall flat, break down, abort, miscarry, be defeated, suffer defeat, be in vain, be frustrated, collapse, misfire, backfire, not come up to scratch, meet with disaster, come to grief, come to nothing, come to naught, miss the mark, run aground, go wrong, go awry, go astray
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