(intr, adverb) mainly British to succeed in some undertaking in spite of lack of organization
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How to use muddle through in a sentence
But the option of replacing a new diplomatic breakthrough with open-ended diplomatic muddle-through is not on the table.
Governments manage to muddle through much more often than you think they possibly can.
The best and most realistic hope is that the EU will once again muddle through as it always does.
It will look a little weak and unsystematic, which concerns me and some bad things could muddle through.
And while it has struggled with road and energy infrastructure improvements, it has managed to muddle through with real progress.
Somehow, and despite every conceivable obstacle, it had managed to muddle through, and now it was ready for its work.The Aeroplane Speaks | H. Barber
They don't understand very much of each other's speech, but they "muddle through," as Atkins puts it, with "any old lingo."Tommy Atkins at War | James Alexander Kilpatrick
We did not know the situation, and we had bought Berande, and there was nothing to do but hang on and muddle through somehow.Adventure | Jack London
The allied peoples were meanwhile content to muddle through in the old way.England and Germany | Emile Joseph Dillon
They muddle through with the greatest possible amount of unnecessary labour and suffering!The Country House | John Galsworthy
Other Idioms and Phrases with muddle through
Blunder through something, manage but awkwardly, as in The choir never knows how to line up, but we muddle through somehow. [Early 1900s]
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