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muddle through

This page is about the phrasal verb muddle through.

Meaning: If you muddle through, you succeed in doing something even though you haven't got the skills or equipment usually needed.

For example:

  • muddle through Our coach was sick, so I had to train the team myself. I'd never done it before but I muddled through somehow and it wasn't too bad.

  • muddle through He'd never refereed a football match before, but he muddled through without making any really bad mistakes.

Quick Quiz:

We didn't have the money to pay an accountant, so I muddled through by

a. not keeping accounts

b. doing the accounts myself

c. selling the business

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