Definition of muddle in English:
- Getting into that whole cluster would become very confusing quickly, since we've got overlapping issues, aside from Vietnam muddling up the mix.
- I had even put in soft lenses, which always hurt so badly, so that I didn't have to have glasses muddling up my face.
- The two teams certainly entered into the seasonal spirit, if a little confusion muddled the role-playing.
- When I made my witness statement I was muddled in the accounts which I gave in paragraph 6 and paragraph 8.
- I'm just following my somewhat muddled thoughts where they take me.
- Liberals gravitate toward the gray to muddy the waters, to muddle people's thinking.
- After muddling around for a few days, he comes out fully in favor of the government's position and vows to endorse whatever the government proposes in relation to boat people.
- For a number of years I've been muddling in the mire of trying to figure out who and what I am in relation to church, denomination, God etc.
- I'm just muddling around here like an ant in a potplant, not always realizing there are larger things out there than my little world.
- Place the mint, tangerine, lime juice and syrup in a shaker tin, muddle all ingredients together.
- Requiring your bartenders to cut the lemons and muddle them in front of the customer each time a drink is ordered is too arduous.
- In a mixing glass, moderately muddle syrup, bitters, mint, orange and lime together.
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- Even if, like me, you think the polls are often in a muddle, they do tell a consistent story on economic management.
- She dares us to dress down, to strip ourselves of our illusions and to acknowledge that, for most of the time, we live life in a muddle and ‘that every hour contains at least a moment of bewilderment or worse’.
- He says: ‘Ordinary events got Jennings in a muddle and we can identify with these.’
- Despite the muddles of his campaign, his message won him nearly 49% of the votes.
- Here in India, especially in relatively small cities like Dehra Doon, it feels like half magic a lot of the time and the only way to live through the muddles is to be determined to find them funny.
- The four great battles of Cassino brought to a head all the muddles and contradictions of the Italian campaign.
Late Middle English (in the sense 'wallow in mud'): perhaps from Middle Dutch moddelen, frequentative of modden 'dabble in mud'; compare with mud. The sense 'confuse' was initially associated with alcoholic drink (late 17th century), giving rise to 'busy oneself in a confused way' and 'jumble up' (mid 19th century).
muddle through (or British along)
- Cope more or less satisfactorily despite lack of expertise, planning, or equipment: while the children were young, we managed to muddle throughMore example sentences
- ‘We just manage to muddle through but it's a bit of a strain over seven weeks,’ says Kenny Kingshott.
- However, I have enough faith in the inherent common sense of the human race to believe that we will, as ever, just manage to muddle through.
- But generally - and I say this knowing full well that I am tempting every fate known to man - we have managed to muddle along quite well.
muddle something up
- Confuse two or more things with each other: the words seemed to have got muddled upMore example sentences
- Thus, the matter is muddled up as a manager-employee conflict instead of a pure freedom of expression issue.
- And so, because I didn't want to go through the rest of my life eating the wrong food and muddling homeopaths up with homosexuals, I selected the weakest lenses and set about choosing some frames.
- I think a lot of people muddle celebrities up with soaps.
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- At first blissfully unaware of the looming nuclear catastrophe, their muddling path towards doom is in equal parts pathetic, frightening and funny.
- Out has gone the old, muddling approach, in has come good capital management methods, a tougher approach to diversification, and a commitment to boost returns.
- Great achievements don't spring into existence fully fledged with greatness; they grow out of life's mundane, muddling debates, and out of feats of patience.
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- And too many parents are left muddlingly only among those who express sympathy and criticism, and don't help them along the road of seeing the gifts.
- ‘It's symbolic in that each voice is different, you know,’ he says, muddlingly.
- Despite the eyelocks and handholds and sunsets and stargazing, her relationship with V is muddlingly platonic.
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- But, the reason why it's a muddly subject is because they're being thick and pointless on purpose!
- He's the most muddly old thing and incidentally never finishes a sentence.
- The Economist gushed, ‘The muddly, statist, sort-of-socialist Egypt of old has become the very model of a modern emerging market.’
Words that rhyme with muddlebefuddle, cuddle, fuddle, huddle, puddle, ruddle
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