From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmuddlemud‧dle1 /ˈmʌdl/ noun 🔊 🔊 1 →be in a muddle/get into a muddle2CONFUSED[countable usually singular, uncountable] when there is confusion about something, and things are done wrong as a result 🔊 Our accountant finally managed to sort out the muddle.muddle over/about 🔊 There was a bit of a muddle over our hotel reservations.
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muddle• Unless, of course, there had been a muddle in the names.• Gerald Ford getting into a muddle about what was and wasn't a Warsaw Pact country.• It is too valuable a document of humanheartbreak and muddle to be scorned or dismissed.• Over the years the generations had gotten into a chronologicalmuddle.• She could sense his muddle, and it touched her.• a legalmuddle• Nevertheless, if we allow ourselves to be swayed by every fashion that comes along, we live in a perpetualmuddle.• This book assesses the technologicalfix for the muddle left by downsizing and reengineering.• None of the muddle in her room mattered.muddle over/about• Gerald Ford getting into a muddle about what was and wasn't a Warsaw Pact country.• There was a muddle about his origins, wasn't there?• You can see why it is easy to be muddled aboutcarbohydrate.• Was it muddled over the association between money wage changes and real wage changes?muddlemuddle2 (also muddle up) verb [transitive] especially British English 🔊 🔊 1CONFUSEDto put things in the wrong order 🔊 Someone’s muddled up all the papers on my desk. 🔊 The government seems to have lost its way and muddled its priorities.2to confuse one person or thing with another, and make a mistake syn mix up 🔊 The twins are so alike that it’s easy to muddle them up. 🔊 Spanish and Italian are very similar and I sometimes get them muddled up.muddle something with something 🔊 Be careful not to muddle the files you’ve already worked on with the others.3CONFUSEDto confuse someone, especially so that they make a mistake 🔊 Don’t muddle her with all the extra details at the moment. 🔊 Could you just repeat those figures – I’ve got a bit muddled up. →muddle along/on →muddle through (something)→ See Verb table