deep in the mud


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When J. D. Hooker sent his Introduction to the Flora of Australia to Charles Darwin to review, he sent him a letter, saying:

I am not surprised at your finding your Introduction very difficult. But do not grudge the labour, and do not say you " have burnt your fingers," and are "deep in the mud "
; for I feel sure that the result will be well worth the labour.

Apparently, Hooker had sent Darwin a letter regretting the labour he had done to end with a difficult introduction. He told him that he had burnt his fingers and were deep in the mud. What do "deep in the mud" mean?
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It’s fairly guessable. If you feel you’re “deep in the mud” about something, you’re stuck at a particular point in whatever you’re trying to do; you feel you can’t move beyond that point.
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