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]


Nearby words

  1. cleanup,
  2. clear,
  3. clear and present danger,
  4. clear as a bell,
  5. clear as crystal,
  6. clear away,
  7. clear cell,
  8. clear channel,
  9. clear ice,
  10. clear layer of epidermis

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