Meaning of “muddy the waters” in the English Dictionary

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"muddy the waters" in British English

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muddy the waters

to make a situation more confused and less easy to understand or deal with

(Definition of “muddy the waters” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"muddy the waters" in American English

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muddy the waters

to make a situation unnecessarily complicated and less clear:

His suggestions just muddied the waters further, rather than helping the situation.

(Definition of “muddy the waters” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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