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entangle (someone or something) in (something)

1. Literally, to tangle or ensnare someone or something in something. You have so many knots that I can't help but entangle the brush in your hair unfortunately.
2. To involve or trap oneself or someone in something, such as an issue, problem, or scandal. A noun or pronoun can be used between "entangled" and "in." The best politicians choose their battles wisely: if one becomes too entangled in petty debates, one never gets anything done. Our father's lack of a will has entangled my brothers and me in many lawsuits over his estate.
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entangle (someone or something) with (something)

Literally, to tangle or ensnare someone or something with something. You have so many knots in your hair that I can't help but entangle them with the brush unfortunately.
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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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Countermateriel systems include spike strips, caltrops (heavy-gauge steel-puncturing spikes), the Vehicle Lightweight Arresting Device, and Portable Vehicle Arresting Barriers and Running Gear Entanglers, designed to stop moving vessels.
The use of a Honeycomb roll as the support medium provides for a compact machine design with the option of entangling on both sides of the web if two drum entanglers are used.