muddle through


verb
  1. (intr, adverb) mainly British to succeed in some undertaking in spite of lack of organization

Words Nearby muddle through

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How to use muddle through in a sentence

  • Somehow, and despite every conceivable obstacle, it had managed to muddle through, and now it was ready for its work.

  • 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

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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