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entangle someone or something in something

 
1. . and entangle an animal in something Lit. to catch or tangle up someone, a group, or an animal in something. Careful! Don't entangle your foot in the anchor chain. Somehow I entangled the dog in the fishing net.
2. Fig. to get someone or a group involved in something. She was trying to entangle us in her latest cause. They entangled us in their lawsuit.
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entangle someone or something with something

to get someone or something tangled up with something. He sought to entangle the pursuing mugger with a mass of ropes and boards. Sam entangled the rabid dog with a net and got away. He entangled himself with the ropes on the deck.
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References in classic literature ?
She felt she would love to see somebody entangle their fingers in the oily beard of the fat foreigner who owned the establishment.
I once, however, saw in a hot-house in Shropshire a large female wasp caught in the irregular web of a quite small spider; and this spider, instead of cutting the web, most perseveringly continued to entangle the body, and especially the wings, of its prey.
Crisparkle knows under my hand that I have devoted myself to the murderer's discovery and destruction, be he whom he might, and that I determined to discuss the mystery with no one until I should hold the clue in which to entangle the murderer as in a net.
My heart said yes to this offer at first word, but it was necessary to play the hypocrite a little more with him; so I seemed to decline the motion with some warmth, and besides a little condemning the thing as unfair, told him that such a proposal could be of no signification, but to entangle us both in great difficulties; for if he should not at last obtain the divorce, yet we could not dissolve the marriage, neither could we proceed in it; so that if he was disappointed in the divorce, I left him to consider what a condition we should both be in.
This interesting performance having concluded amidst the loud plaudits of the whole company, a boy forthwith proceeded to entangle himself with the rails of a chair, and to jump over it, and crawl under it, and fall down with it, and do everything but sit upon it, and then to make a cravat of his legs, and tie them round his neck, and then to illustrate the ease with which a human being can be made to look like a magnified toad --all which feats yielded high delight and satisfaction to the assembled spectators.
For those who are only Faintly aware of this world, it may be a little difficult to assimilate into the culture at first, but soon the threads of the story entangle the listener.
Five separate bills with "charitable choice" provisions that entangle church and state are moving in Congress this session.
The team's next step will be to entangle the pairs of qubits with one another, forming a massive-scale quantum computer.
Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor, or caprice?
Two love triangles entangle the foursome who realize the only path to their redemption from their lusty relationships is through "seducing" God, They begin a cross-country pursuit of cheating mates and friends, which might lead to their self-destruction.
Tuna long-line fisheries in the Southern Ocean are estimated to entangle at least 44,000 albatrosses every year, and possibly many more.