clear as mud


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(as) clear as mud

Difficult to see or understand; not clear at all. I guess I need to call a lawyer because these legal contracts are as clear as mud.
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*clear as mud

 
1. Cliché not clear at all. (*Also: as ~.) Your swimming pool needs cleaning; the water is clear as mud.
2. Cliché not easy to understand. (*Also: as ~.) This physics chapter is clear as mud to me. I did all the reading, but it's still as clear as mud.
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clear as mud

Murky, obscure, totally unclear, as in The translation of these directions is clear as mud. This ironic phrase always indicates that something is far from clear. [Early 1800s]
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clear as mud

If something is as clear as mud, it is confusing and difficult to understand. The instructions are about as clear as mud! Note: You usually use this expression in a humorous way.
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clear as mud

not at all easy to understand. informal
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(as) clear as ˈmud

(spoken) not clear at all; very difficult to understand: The instructions in the manual are as clear as mud. OPPOSITE: crystal clear
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clear as mud

verb
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clear as mud

Murky, obscure, anything but clear. This jocular cliché, spoken ironically to indicate that something is unclear, dates from the early nineteenth century. It appears in R. H. Barham’s Ingoldsby Legends (1842) and is still frequently heard.
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