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muddled (up)

Drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really muddled up!
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muddle through (something)

To do a particular task with difficulty. I muddled through that job interview because I was sick with a cold at the time.
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muddle on

To attempt to proceed or continue doing something despite being unprepared or lacking the required skills, organization, resources, etc. I forgot my notes for the presentation, so I just had to muddle on off the top of my head. The company fell into disarray after the CEO was arrested, but we've been muddling on ever since.
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muddle along

To attempt to proceed or continue doing something despite being unprepared or lacking the required skills, organization, resources, etc. I forgot my notes for the presentation, so I just had to muddle along off the top of my head. The company fell into disarray after the CEO was arrested, but we've been muddling along ever since.
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muddle about

1. To move or hang about languidly, idly, or lazily. My brother was supposed to be at work, but I found him muddling about down by the river with a friend of his. Once you get the ball, you can't just muddle about behind your offensive line—you've got to act quickly, or those linebackers are going to tackle you!
2. To work or perform in a very mediocre, ineffectual, or unsuccessful manner; to fail to perform to the best of one's abilities. You were such a bright student and talented writer—it kills me to see you muddling about in some office job. The economy had a brief surge after the election, but it has been muddling about at a flat level for the last several months.
3. To dabble in something; to do something sporadically or experimentally. I've been muddling about with different writing styles, trying to find one that suits the stories I'm trying to tell. They haven't changed the core design of the car in decades, only ever muddling about with minor details like the wing mirrors or bumpers.
4. To fumble around awkwardly or clumsily. I didn't want to wake anyone up by turning on the lights, so I had to muddle about in the dark when I came home. I hate muddling about with touch screens—I miss having cell phones with actual buttons you had to press!
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muddle around

1. To move or hang about languidly, idly, or lazily. My brother was supposed to be at work, but I found him muddling around down by the river with a friend of his. Once you get the ball, you can't just muddle around behind your offensive line—you've got to act quickly, or those linebackers are going to tackle you!
2. To work or perform in a very mediocre, ineffectual, or unsuccessful manner; to fail to perform to the best of one's abilities. You were such a bright student and talented writer—it kills me to see you muddling around in some office job. The economy had a brief surge after the election, but it has been muddling around at a flat level for the last several months.
3. To dabble in something; to do something sporadically or experimentally. I've been muddling around with different writing styles, trying to find one that suits the stories I'm trying to tell. They haven't changed the core design of the car in decades, only ever muddling around with minor details like the wing mirrors or bumpers.
4. To fumble around awkwardly or clumsily. I didn't want to wake anyone up by turning on the lights, so I had to muddle around in the dark when I came home. I hate muddling around with touch screens—I miss having cell phones with actual buttons you had to press!
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muddle up

1. To render something awkward, confusing, and disorderly; to obscure or obfuscate something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "muddle" and "up." Often used in passive constructions. The introduction of new tariffs is likely to further muddle up the already complicated relationship between the two countries. They muddled the contract up with all sorts of misleading, cryptic language. Our roles within the team have become so muddled up that we've largely given up the idea of job titles.
2. To mix something up (with something else). A noun or pronoun can be used between "muddle" and "up"; often used in passive constructions. They look so alike that I always muddle up their names when I see them. I must have muddled the data points up when I was entering them into the system.
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muddle along

to progress in confusion; to continue awkwardly. I will just have to muddle along as best I can until things get straightened out. The project muddled along until the new manager got hold of it.
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muddle around

to work inefficiently. I can't get anything done today. I'm just muddling around. Jed is not doing his job well. He is muddling around and getting nothing done.
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muddle something up

to mix something up; to make something confusing. You really muddled the language of this contract up. Who muddled up the wording?
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muddle through (something)

to manage to get through something awkwardly. We hadn't practiced the song enough, so we just muddled through it. We didn't know what we were meant to do, so we muddled through.
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muddled (up)

intoxicated. I've had a little too much muddler, I think. Anyway, I'm muddled. Larry is too muddled up to drive.
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muddle through

Blunder through something, manage but awkwardly, as in The choir never knows how to line up, but we muddle through somehow. [Early 1900s]
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muddle through

v.
To do some task poorly or without strong motivation: I forgot the cookbook, so we just muddled through the recipe without it.
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muddled (up)

mod. alcohol intoxicated. I’ve had a little too much muddler, I think. Anyway, I’m muddled.
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muddled

verb
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Another aspect that distinguishes Muddle Class - which also features superb segments on why Disney films focusing on the death of a parent are so depressing, why his brother is suspicious of his new-found middle-class inclinations, political correctness, and speed awareness courses - is his mastery of physical comedy.
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fresh thyme leaves (optional), and ice in a cocktail shaker; muddle until pineapple is a chunky pulp.
Muddle said: "I've had runners at the festival before but I've never had a winner there - and I don't think I'll be having a winner there this time.
I'd say you have indeed got yourself into a muddle but that's what happens when you lie and cheat.
Most of Blyton's original characters are still featured in Noddy and the Farmyard Muddle, along with some new additions which include Stumpy the Elephant and a bossy cockerel.
Many adherents apparently think that the Anglican community will continue to "muddle through" as it has always done and as it seems to have done again in Great Britain following the formal acceptance of women ministers in November 1992.
He needs the readers' help to rescue them before they are put into the Muddle machine and sent away.
We muddle the mint with ice to release the oil." Sam recommends using a good muddler (a small baseball bat-like bar tool).
A beginning of the end of the postwar political muddle in Iraq is critical for President Bush's reelection prospects." The administration's reputation for unilateralism notwithstanding, Hughes concludes, "an apparently new U.S.
The reason for this was that for Keynes, policy was inevitably a muddle necessarily involving rules of thumb, pragmatism, and good sense.
Instead, a parade of conservative news and talk show hosts, along with their hand picked commentators, throws up an endless array of smoke and mirrors calculated to muddle the issue with the illusion that the "jury is still out."
At the Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue held recently in Mississauga, representatives from both churches greeted the muddle over the Anglican Governor General of Canada having taken communion in the Roman Catholic church with equanimity.