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v. mud·dled, mud·dling, mud·dles
a. To mix together, especially confusedly: The various flavors are muddled in this recipe.
b. To mix (a drink or the ingredients of a drink), especially with a muddler.
a. To put into a state of confusion; confuse: Emotional rhetoric will only muddle the debate on the issue.
b. To confuse or befuddle (a person or the mind, for example). See Synonyms at befuddle.
3. To mismanage or bungle: muddle a task.
4. To make turbid or muddy.
To think, act, or proceed in a confused or aimless manner: muddled along through my high-school years.
1. A disordered condition; a mess or jumble.
2. A state of mental confusion.
3. See muddler.
To push on to a favorable outcome in a disorganized way.
[Possibly from obsolete Dutch moddelen, to make water muddy, from Middle Dutch, frequentative of *modden, to make muddy, from modde, mud.]
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(intr, adverb) chiefly Brit to succeed in some undertaking in spite of lack of organization
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1. To put out of proper order:
2. To put into total disorder:
Idiom: play havoc with.
3. To cause to be unclear in mind or intent:
addle, befuddle, bewilder, confound, confuse, discombobulate, dizzy, fuddle, jumble, mix up, mystify, perplex, puzzle.
Idiom: make one's head reel.
4. To harm irreparably through inept handling; make a mess:
ball up, blunder, boggle, botch, bungle, foul up, fumble, gum up, mess up, mishandle, mismanage, muff, spoil.
Idiom: make a muck of.
1. A lack of order or regular arrangement:
chaos, clutter, confusedness, confusion, derangement, disarrangement, disarray, disorder, disorderedness, disorderliness, disorganization, jumble, mess, mix-up, muss, scramble, topsy-turviness, tumble.
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