Translation of muddle in Spanish:
- 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
muddle alongverb + adverb/verbo + adverbio ir* tirando [colloquial/familiar]
muddle throughverb + adverb/verbo + adverbio arreglárselas we've had to muddle through as best we can hemos tenido que arreglárnoslas como hemos podido
muddle upverb + 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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