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muddy the waters

Definition of muddy the waters in English:

Make an issue or situation more confused or complicated: the conflation of two distinct hypotheses has merely served to muddy the waters
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  • But other recommendations muddy the waters, by confusing issues of individual freedom with the imposition of various forms of responsibility.
  • But I do think that this scheme is giving a different message, and it is muddying the waters and quite confusing for younger children.
  • I understand that there's new legislation in South Africa which is going to perhaps, depending on which way you look at it, clarify the situation or muddy the waters.
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