Definition of muddle something up in English:

muddle something up

phrasal verb

  • Confuse two or more things with each other.

    ‘the words seemed to have got muddled up’
    • ‘And so, because I didn't want to go through the rest of my life eating the wrong food and muddling homeopaths up with homosexuals, I selected the weakest lenses and set about choosing some frames.’
    • ‘Members of the community with intellectual disabilities will be thrilled about this bill, because they have always felt they are muddled up with people with mental ill-health.’
    • ‘Mr Smith was dyslexic as a youngster and he used to muddle words up; he may have misunderstood matters.’
    • ‘No one could possibly object, for example, if marks were deducted for failing to remember the poem, or for muddling up the verses, or for serious errors of pronunciation.’
    • ‘Thus, the matter is muddled up as a manager-employee conflict instead of a pure freedom of expression issue.’
    • ‘Sadly, that doesn't stop the objectors muddling fact and fiction, as if their main source were Frankenstein, which was a novel written in the 19th century, of all the far away places.’
    • ‘I think a lot of people muddle celebrities up with soaps.’
    • ‘He'll muddle it up; which is the illusion and which is real life?’
    • ‘Meanwhile, an amusing apology from the Star Tribune for muddling up ‘profligate’ and ‘prolific’.’
    • ‘"She has a sharp mind but can sometimes get her priorities muddled up.’
    • ‘This tension in the bill comes from it muddling the issue of compensating prisoners for unlawful treatment by the crown with compensating their victims for pain and suffering.’
    • ‘That's another kettle of fish entirely and I despair of physicians and others who confuse and muddle invalidity and melancholy as being one and the same thing.’