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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theymuddle along
he/she/itmuddles along
present participlemuddling along
past tensemuddled along
past participlemuddled along

or muddle on

  1. to continue to live or do something without having a clear idea of what you want to achieve

    They’re content to just muddle along.

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