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1‘we picked our way through the muddy ground’
waterlogged, boggy, marshy, swampy, squelchy, squishy, mucky, miry, oozy, slushy, slimy, sodden, spongy, wet, soft, heavy, sloughy
Northern English Scottish mossy, clarty
2‘they changed their muddy boots’
mud-caked, mud-spattered, muddied, dirty, filthy, mucky, grubby, grimy, soiled, begrimed
murky, cloudy, muddied, turbid, opaque, impure
North American riled, roily, roiled
4‘the original colours had faded to a muddy pink’
dingy, dirty, drab, dull, sludgy, washed out, flat
5‘some sentences are so muddy that their meaning can only be guessed’
incoherent, confused, muddled, jumbled, woolly, vague, fuzzy
1‘you can step ashore without muddying your boots’
make muddy, cake with dirt, cake with mud, dirty, soil, begrime, grime, mire, spatter, bespatter
literary smirch, besmirch, bemire
2‘the results muddy rather than clarify the situation’
make unclear, obscure, confuse, obfuscate, blur, cloud, befog, mix up
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