muddle

muddle(
muh
-
duhl
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to confuse)
a. confundir
Diana muddled her name with her mother's.Diana confundió su nombre con el de su madre.
b. liar
Panic muddled her thoughts, so she froze and did nothing.El pánico lio sus pensamientos, así que se quedó inmóvil y no hizo nada.
2. (to disorder)
a. desordenar
The burglars that broke in last night muddled the professor's research project.Los ladrones que se colaron anoche desordenaron el proyecto de investigación del profesor.
b. revolver
The window flew open and the wind muddled the photos Jim had spread out on his desk.La ventana se abrió y el viento revolvió las fotos que Jim había puesto en su escritorio.
3. (culinary)
a. machacar
For this cocktail, we're going to start by muddling six basil leaves in a Collins glass.Para este coctel, vamos a empezar por machacar seis hojas de albahaca en una copa Collins.
b. estrujar
To prepare a mojito, gently muddle the mint in lime juice and sugar before adding crushed ice, rum and soda water.Para preparar un mojito, estruja la menta suavemente en el jugo de lima y el azúcar antes de añadir el hielo picado, el ron y la soda.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
noun
4. (lack of order) (United Kingdom)
a. el desorden
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
My notes are a such a muddle I can't follow what's going on.Mis apuntes son un desorden tal que no puedo seguir el tema.
b. el lío
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
I can't remember what happened last night. It's all a muddle.No recuerdo lo que pasó anoche. Todo es un lío.
c. el follón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
There was a bit of muddle with the tickets when we got to the theater.Hubo algo de follón con las entradas cuando llegamos al teatro.
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muddle
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (general)
a. el lío
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
to be in a muddleestar hecho(a) un lío
to get into a muddleliarse
there was a muddle over the dateshubo un lío con las fechas
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
2. (put in disorder)
a. desordenar
3. (mix up)
a. confundir
4. (bewilder)
a. liar
to get muddledhacerse un lío
muddle [ˈmʌdl]
noun
(untidy) desorden (m); lío (informal) (m); (tricky situation) lío (informal) (m); follón (m) (informal); (Esp) (mix-up) confusión (f)
what a muddle! (looking at mess) ¡qué desorden!; ¡qué lío!; (situation) ¡qué lío! (informal); ¡qué follón! (informal); (Esp) there's been a muddle over the seats ha habido una confusión con las localidades
to be in a muddle [+room, books] estar en desorden; estar revuelto; estar hecho un desbarajuste (informal); [+person] estar confuso; estar hecho un lío (informal)
the arrangements are all in a muddle hay un verdadero lío con los preparativos (informal)
to get into a muddle [+things] desordenarse; revolverse; [+person] hacerse un lío (informal)
to get sth into a muddle desordenar algo; revolver algo
be careful you don't get the cassettes into a muddle
transitive verb
(also muddle up)
2 (jumble) [+photos, papers] revolver; desordenar
you've muddled (up) all my papers! ¡has revuelto or desordenado todos mis papeles!; she'd got all the papers muddled (up) había revuelto todos los papeles
to get muddled (up) [+things] desordenarse; revolverse
3 (confuse) [+person, details] confundir
to get muddled (up) [+person] confundirse; hacerse un lío (informal); liarse (informal)
I got muddled (up) and bought red wine instead of white
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