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murky

adjective uk   /ˈmɜː.ki/ us    /ˈmɝː-/

murky adjective (DARK/DIRTY)

dark and dirty or difficult to see through: The river was brown and murky after the storm.

murky adjective (UNPLEASANT SITUATION)

used to describe a situation that is complicated and unpleasant, and about which many facts are not clear: He became involved in the murky world of international drug-dealing. I don't want to get into the murky waters of family arguments.
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