muddle through


muddled through; muddling through; muddles through

intransitive verb

: to achieve a degree of success without much planning or effort

Examples of muddle through in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For now, the focus is finding a way to muddle through well enough to keep Ukraine in the fight. Beatriz Ríos, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024 Will Newsom bite the bullet or muddle through the next few years and dump a huge fiscal crisis on his successor? Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 18 Jan. 2024 His long record in politics and frequent flip-flops on strategy incline him to procrastinate and muddle through. Christian Schneider, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 As the auto industry muddled through downturns, car buyers’ shifting tastes and the migration of jobs overseas, cities dependent on manufacturing jobs suffered. Corey Williams, Fortune, 30 Oct. 2023 That means taking a step back to assess the current state of your business, its potential opportunities and threats, and how best to move forward—rather than just muddling through. Benjamin Laker, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 Despite his limited hearing, Spruill played drums in Carver’s band and muddled through classes by reading his teachers’ lips. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 5 June 2023 But the Lionesses have found ways to muddle through and move on. John Powers,, 17 Aug. 2023 The result is that many could end up muddling through with Charles as king, even if their populations don’t feel a strong affinity for him. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, 5 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of muddle through was circa 1864

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Cite this Entry

“Muddle through.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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