Translation of muddle in Spanish:

muddle

Pronunciation: /ˈmʌdl/

noun/nombre

  • lío (masculine), follón (masculine) (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar] to be in a muddle [books/papers] estar* (todo) revuelto or desordenado [person] estar* enredado, estar* liado or hecho un lío [colloquial/familiar] to get into a muddle [things] entreverarse, desordenarse [person] armarse or hacerse* un lío [colloquial/familiar] to get sth into a muddle liar* or enredar algo

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

Phrasal verbs

muddle along

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
ir* tirando [colloquial/familiar]

muddle through

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
arreglárselas we've had to muddle through as best we can hemos tenido que arreglárnoslas como hemos podido

muddle up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 (jumble) [belongings/papers] entreverar, desordenar to get muddled up entreverarse, desordenarse 1.2 (mix up) confundir I always muddle her up with her sister siempre la confundo con su hermana 1.3 (bewilder) confundir to get muddled up confundirse, enredarse, hacerse* un lío [colloquial/familiar] I get terribly muddled up with all these figures me confundo horriblemente or [colloquial/familiar] me hago un lío tremendo con todas estas cifras

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.