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muddy something up

 Lit.
1. to make water muddy; to stir up the mud in water, as at the bottom of a pond or river. Don't muddy the water up. It will clog our filters. Don't muddy up the water.
2. Fig. to make something unclear. You have really muddied this issue up. I thought I understood it. You sure muddied up this issue.
See also: muddy, up

muddy the water

Fig. to make something less clear; to make matters confusing; to create difficulty where there was none before. Things were going along quite smoothly until you came along and muddied the water. The events of the past month have muddied the water as far as our proposed joint venture is concerned.
See also: muddy, water

muddy the waters

to make a situation more confusing He's just trying to muddy the waters so we won't notice all the bad things he's done.
Usage notes: sometimes used with a modifier: The controversy has muddied the social waters of communities throughout this region.
Related vocabulary: muck something up
See also: muddy, water

muddy the waters

to make a situation more confused and less easy to understand or deal with The statistics you quoted didn't prove anything, they simply muddied the waters.
See also: muddy, water

muddy the waters

Confuse the issue, as in Bringing up one irrelevant fact after another, he succeeded in muddying the waters. This metaphoric expression, alluding to making a pond or stream turbid by stirring up mud from the bottom, was first recorded in 1837.
See also: muddy, water
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We have already had plenty of that muddiness in our disintegrating corporate audit world, as exemplified by the no-lessons-learned demise of Arthur Andersen from the post-deregulation public accounting arena.
Influence examination of muddiness exerted on an abalone--II.
The sense of muddiness, doom and inability to escape suggests that your emotions are overwhelming you.
Something of the sordid muddiness and Undiluted industrialism of modern war here gives way to the romantic, dramatic spectacular.
A jazz guitar is traditionally played with a very warm, soft tone, and since guitarists and pianists alike have a tendency to hover around the middle range of their instruments, the potential for tonal muddiness is very great when the two instruments are playing alone together.
dunghill" the excrement associated with muddiness or fouling
We have had to add bits on and widen the road in certain areas and I think the additions we're making in terms of drainage will greatly help minimise the problem of muddiness which has dogged other festivals after the bad summer.
In a sense, it seems to me that the book attempts a corrective response to the muddiness some might even consider it madness o f much of the postmodern approach to biblical texts.
Sometimes, consider-all-the-circumstances standards work tolerably well in spite of their linguistic muddiness--for all the muddiness, bottom lines may be reasonably predictable.
From the philosopher Johann Fichte came some characteristic muddiness about the ideal man expressing itself in the state.
He said: "Although the heavy machinery will create some temporary muddiness around the meadows, in a few months the brook at Canley Ford will be more attractive for wildlife and people than it has been for sixty years.
One is the muddiness of the value proposition as they try to reinvent themselves from something other than a bookseller, and the second is the rate at which they're burning cash.
I reminded the students to change their water frequently to prevent muddiness, and to keep the centers of their shapes damp, for a soft, blended effect.
Quayle and Santorum, Terry charged, have "led evangelicals down a path of moral muddiness.