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muddle through vb
  1. (intr, adverb) chiefly Brit to succeed in some undertaking in spite of lack of organization
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
mud•dle /ˈmʌdəl/USA pronunciation   v.,  -dled, -dling, n. 
  1. to mix up in a confused manner: [+ object]Most of my papers had been muddled during my absence.[+ up + object]Someone had muddled up the papers in his office.[+ object + up]Someone had muddled them up.
  2. to cause to become mentally confused:[+ object]The five strong drinks had muddled him.
  3. muddle along, [no object] to think or act without planning or direction:Our company is just muddling along.
  4. muddle through, [no object] to reach a goal despite lack of knowledge, skill, or direction:We'll just have to muddle through as best we can.

n. [countable;  singular]
  1. the state of being confused:in a muddle and unable to figure out which way to go.
  2. a confused or disordered state of affairs:a muddle of insurance forms.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
mud•dle  (mudl),USA pronunciation v.,  -dled, -dling, n. 
  1. to mix up in a confused or bungling manner;
  2. to cause to become mentally confused.
  3. to cause to become confused or stupid with or as if with an intoxicating drink.
  4. to make muddy or turbid, as water.
  5. to mix or stir (a cocktail, chocolate, etc.).
  6. Ceramicsto smooth (clay) by rubbing it on glass.

  1. to behave, proceed, or think in a confused or aimless fashion or with an air of improvisation:Some people just muddle along, waiting for their big break.
  2. muddle through, to achieve a certain degree of success but without much skill, polish, experience, or direction:None of us knew much about staging a variety show, so we just had to muddle through.

  1. the state or condition of being muddled, esp. a confused mental state.
  2. a confused, disordered, or embarrassing condition;
muddled•ness, muddle•ment, n. 
muddling•ly, adv. 
  • 1540–50; mud + -le; cognate with Middle Dutch moddelen to muddy
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged confuse, botch, bungle, spoil.

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