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Idioms and Phrases with clear as mud

clear as mud

Murky, obscure, totally unclear, as in The translation of these directions is clear as mud. This ironic phrase always indicates that something is far from clear. [Early 1800s]

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  • "I thought so, Doctor," says Mrs. Helpalong, and this clear-as-mud evidence against my comfort is reiterated to my mother.

    The Swamp Doctor's Adventures in The South-West

    John Robb