Meanwhile, the muddle in Malaysia makes it far harder for the searchers to know where to look.
In the days that followed the election, one never had the slightest doubt that Britain would find a way to resolve its muddle.
Governments manage to muddle through much more often than you think they possibly can.
1590s, "destroy the clarity of" (a transferred sense); literal sense ("to bathe in mud") is from c.1600; perhaps frequentative formation from mud, or from Dutch moddelen "to make (water) muddy," from the same Proto-Germanic source. Sense of "to make muddy" is from 1670s; that of "make confused" first recorded 1680s. Meaning "to bungle" is from 1885. Related: Muddled; muddling.
1818, from muddle (v.).
Original name of MDL.