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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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The United States of America is a similar agglomeration of a wide variety of ethnic groups and languages, of varying economic models, of vast differences between rich and poor states, and it muddles along OK.
Through research and personal experience, we have found that the most crucial factors determining who succeeds with clicker-based teaching, who gives up, and who merely muddles along have far more to do with instructors' deeper attitudes, models, and professional thought habits than with which "best practices" they try or what support they receive.
Thankfully, the sport muddles along, with the daily racing matters controlled by the BHA, who are the unbiased governors and in general ensure that all factions are catered for fairly.
Who would want to leave a lively and growing employer that pays well in return for results, and join an employer that muddles along and does not invest in its people?'
The case muddles along, tossing aside one suspect after another, until the married Martens has her way with the younger policeman and sends him off for the last suspect.
Until the age of 11, he muddles along like any other kid, but all hope of normality goes out the window with an unfortunate incident involving 14 of his friends and an unusual way of asphyxiating flies.