muddle through

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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.
Phrasal Verb:
muddle through
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.]

muddle through

(intr, adverb) chiefly Brit to succeed in some undertaking in spite of lack of organization
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2. To put into total disorder:
Slang: snafu.
3. To cause to be unclear in mind or intent:
Informal: throw.
Idiom: make one's head reel.
4. To harm irreparably through inept handling; make a mess:
Informal: bollix up, muck up.
Idiom: make a muck of.
5. To proceed or perform in an unsteady, faltering manner:
phrasal verb
muddle through
To progress or perform adequately, especially in difficult circumstances:
Informal: make out.
Idioms: make do, make shift.

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vidurchkommen, sich (irgendwie) durchwursteln (inf)or durchschlagen
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