a tangled web


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a tangled web

a situation that is very complicated and where many people are behaving dishonestly (usually + of ) The inquiry revealed a tangled web of fraud and deception among the agents.
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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.