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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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And in what must be the best-kept secret in pantoland, there is a superb 3D sequence when Muddles, the Prince and Loopy the dwarf are exploring the haunted wood.
D: But you said that if we always talked logically and did not get into muddles we could never say anything new.
You mean that I get us into these muddles because I cheat against rules which we don't have.
Role muddles occur when we are forced either into social roles that are incompatible (because they exact conflicting expectations upon us), or when we are forced into roles where the relevant expectations are ambiguous.
Other feminist role muddles arise explicitly out of a tension within feminism between the call for unity among feminists and forces that oppose unity.
Muddle sends off all the wrong vibes - confusion, cluelessness and a lot of running round in circles.
The only way of clarifying this apparent muddle, this contradiction between disbelief and belief, is to consider carefully both the subject and the predicate in the assertion "God exists."
"So," said Muddles to one young girl, "are you going to do an animal noise for me?" "Probably," she replied.
Scary fun: Ria Jones as Carabosse and Alex Woodhall as Slimeball with Joe Pasquale as Muddles in Sleeping Beauty at The Hippodrome.
Anna Flowers, who plays Snow White, Paul Hartley, who plays the Royal Tax Collector, and Pee Wee Price, who plays Muddles, were all in full costume to bring some festive cheer to the children who are all due to spend Christmas in hospital.
Richard Muddle, Wolverhampton's managing director, said yesterday: "We are planning a six-month trial, which we hope to start early in February.
Noddy And The Farmyard Muddle by Sophie Smallwood, pounds 7.99 (HarperCollins) GET the banners out, blow up the balloons and join in the celebrations - the little man in the red and yellow car is 60!
Festive fun: Ria Jones as Carabosse, Alex Woodhall as Slimeball and Joe Pasquale as Muddles.
The show, which runs at the New Brighton theatre from December 19 to January 10, features actress and comedienne Pauline Daniels as the Wicked Queen, Pete Price as Muddles and Ken Dodd as the voice of the mirror.
He was joined in launching the panto by comedian Joe Pasquale, playing Muddles.