muddy the water

muddy the water

Fig. to make something less clear; to make matters confusing; to create difficulty where there was none before. Things were going along quite smoothly until you came along and muddied the water. The events of the past month have muddied the water as far as our proposed joint venture is concerned.
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The SNP couldn't bring themselves to acknowledge their rivals on a victory so they tried to muddy the water with questions over parliamentary process instead.
Let us conveniently set aside the Fukushima accident, and several prominent others, so as not to muddy the water.
Now we seem to be in a situation where a number of different awards is starting to muddy the water, if you pardon the pun.
Rows among Briggs' family, staff and potential investors muddy the water.
I'm not going to sit around calling robbery, trying to muddy the water.
But we simply cannot afford misconceptions to muddy the water of this fledging sector, which is putting down strong roots in the Tees Valley.
To further muddy the water, Arthur Andersen (of Enron disrepute) served as auditor for APP and some of its Indonesian subsidiaries during the critical years of 1997, 1998, and 1999.
To further muddy the water, there are complaints about how and when the latest inspections were conducted.
But don't let's muddy the water -racial abuse is quite distinct from other forms of insult.
Well-meaning people only muddy the water, let's direct any invectives towards the main target, the WRU.
Deputy Mayor Carmel Sella said the plan is ``not meant to muddy the water,'' but to go beyond what ethics and the council are proposing.
I just don't want to muddy the water around the situation, giving the league something to work with or saying something I'd regret because I don't know all the details of the situation,'' Jackson said.
That was until the politicians who were entrusted with carrying out the wishes of the electorate began to muddy the water.
Steve Walsh's arrival at Goodison Park, along with a PS1million salary, only served to muddy the waters of recruitment, rather than clear them.
How unforgivable to muddy the waters by claiming he did not know why Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was in Iran before her arrest.