a tangled web


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tangled web

A convoluted situation usually caused by some form of deception. The investigation revealed a tangled web of fraud among the members of the political party.
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a tangled web

A tangled web is a situation that is very confused and difficult to understand. This is only one of a series of troubling questions that are emerging from the tangled web of evidence connected to the case. It is sometimes difficult to cut through the tangled web of government information in order to work out the benefits you can claim.
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References in classic literature ?
Oh, Marilla, `what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.
Spenser's genius was never for strongly condensed narrative, and following his Italian originals, though with less firmness, he wove his story as a tangled web of intermingled adventures, with almost endless elaboration and digression.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE never wrote, "Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive' and yet so many people are perfectly willing to believe that he did.
Lies of all manner find purchase with us humans, typically because a) they serve someone's needs somehow (see "Vampire Bankers" herein); b) they make sense ("Oh what a tangled web .
IT'S A TANGLED web indeed woven by Edna O'Brien in her three-character play ``Triptych,'' an opus that appears to be a love triangle (is there such a thing as a love square?
In Marmion, Sir Walter Scott describes with memorable succinctness the unanticipated pitfalls of trying to manipulate others: "O, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.