muddle through
intransitive verb Date: circa 1864 to achieve a degree of success without much planning or effort

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  • muddle through — (something) to continue despite confusion and difficulties. My grandparents muddled through droughts and crop failures and family crises …   New idioms dictionary

  • muddle through — intransitive verb : to achieve a degree of success without a decisive plan mankind … only learns enough from glaciers, floods, and wars to muddle through Henry Hewes social legislation muddled through in the right direction W.A.Orton suffered… …   Useful english dictionary

  • muddle through — PHRASAL VERB If you muddle through, you manage to do something even though you do not have the proper equipment or do not really know how to do it. [V P] We will muddle through and just play it day by day... [V P n] The BBC may be able to muddle… …   English dictionary

  • muddle through — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms muddle through : present tense I/you/we/they muddle through he/she/it muddles through present participle muddling through past tense muddled through past participle muddled through to succeed in doing… …   English dictionary

  • muddle through — verb To succeed (often clumsily) despite being il equipped or untrained. Ive only had a few lessons, but I can muddle through the practical test …   Wiktionary

  • muddle through — I manage, scrape along. See sufficiency. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. manage, get by, make it, hang in there*; see succeed 1 , survive 1 . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) I verb To progress or perform adequately, especially in difficult circumstances: do,… …   English dictionary for students

  • muddle through — See muddle along …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • muddle through — Synonyms and related words: clear, clear the hurdle, come along, come on, contrive, crowd, cut the mustard, do, drive on, engineer, fare, forge ahead, get along, get by, get on, go on, go slow, hack it, inch forward, make it, make out, make the… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • muddle through — get out of the situation somehow, find a way out …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ˌmuddle ˈthrough — phrasal verb to succeed in doing something despite having no clear plan or method …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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