muddle through(redirected from muddled through)
To manage to finish, accomplish, or progress through (something) without being properly prepared, equipped, skilled, etc. I muddled through that job interview because I was sick with a cold at the time. I didn't really understand half of what the book was talking about, but I muddled through it and hoped the lecture would help fill in the blanks. He spent most of college partying, yet he still muddled through with a C average.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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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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