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American English: /ˈmədl/
British English: /ˈmʌd(ə)l/

Translation of muddle in Spanish:


  • to be in a muddle (books/papers)
    estar (todo) revuelto or desordenado
    estar enredado
    estar liado or hecho un lío [colloquial]
    to get into a muddle (things)
    armarse or hacerse un lío [colloquial]
    to get something into a muddle
    liar or enredar algo
    Example sentences
    • 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.’
    Example sentences
    • 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.

transitive verb

  • muddle up
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.

Phrasal verbs

muddle along

verb + adverb
ir tirando [colloquial]

muddle through

verb + adverb
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
1 (jumble)
to get muddled up
2 (mix up) I always muddle her up with her sister
siempre la confundo con su hermana
3 (bewilder) to get muddled up
hacerse un lío [colloquial]
I get terribly muddled up with all these figures
me confundo horriblemente con todas estas cifras
me hago un lío tremendo con todas estas cifras [colloquial]
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