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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 up 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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The problem is that most believers, I think, accept a composite God who is a preposterous muddle of contradictions, a God infected with the gravest moral evil.
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So change is required but that doesn't mean that it's not possible to muddle on in the existing structures.
If anyone can get the Essex track out of the mire it could be Muddle, Ron Muddle, developer and former owner of the sand circuits at Lingfield, Southwell and Wolverhampton and a self-made man to the last rivet.
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It should be our determination not to escalate this war, nor to prolong it, nor to muddle through it, but to win it.
Costumed by Kim Nielsen in pale, filmy dresses and light trousers and shirts, they dance together in a tangle of flowing steps, reflecting the muddle of passion and rejection in Shakespeare's play.
Miss Muddle was very firm and strict, it seemed to us at the time, but looking back she was very progressive for the time.
HOLIDAYMAKERS getting in a muddle about where they going MUDDLE: People reminded of my dear old dad.
I want to muddle through a few plays and occasionally be sort of reasonably paid to try and write a movie.