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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 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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"I muddled along for a start, but I soon found it quite overwhelming trying to run the business at the age of 22," wrote Mr Gilbert.
I like to believe that we were too busy to notice them staring out at us from the newspapers - and not that prospective writers muddled along like we did, and now, with hindsight, have plenty of good advice to proffer.
This book seems to strive for the title of innovative historical fiction by incorporating time-travel elements but gets muddled along the way.
The brief's answer: "States and municipalities, with a few exceptions, muddled along. Federal assistance in varying degrees and interest-rates held near zero by the Fed eased the way."
Instead, we'd muddled along somehow with the key held by a couple who lived in the remains of the monastery behind it, eking out a meager living by selling headscarves from their garden.
"Over the years we've muddled along the best we can but watching your son, who appeared healthy at birth, go from walking and then into a wheelchair with little mobility within years is heartbreaking but we're glad we've got a child whose given us such love and laughter."
He came out of school with poor qualifications and muddled along with a variety of low-paid jobs, including selling hot-dogs from a fast-food kiosk.
"Plenty of change was necessary," writes Schroeder, "if Oregon was to upgrade from a mom-and-pop operation - whose teams muddled along with occasional, modest success - into a corporate model with the expectations and resources to win big."
"So things just sort of muddled along. Last June, we pulled together a conference for supporters of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, and we started at that time talks," Gration said.
Too many kingdoms have been allowed to develop while the game has muddled along slowly and naively, with many smaller clubs now on the edge of oblivion.
But we have muddled along with scarcely a cross word.
"The Church has muddled along on this one instead of having a clear strategy as to where they wanted to go," she said.
For the time being then, we just have to cross our fingers and hope that the players who have muddled along thus far can pull together and take us all by surprise in the coming weeks
in 2007, but that will be about 10 years too soon." I heard a dozen variations on this theme during my month in Romania, mostly from middle-aged Western expatriates who had been living there for several years already and felt burned by previous upticks in optimism, notably the liberal coalition government that muddled along disappointingly from 1996 to 2000.