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snarl at (someone, something, or an animal)

to growl at someone, something, or an animal angrily and threateningly. The dog snarled at everyone who passed by. Our dog used to sit in front of the washing machine and snarl at it.
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snarl someone or something up

to tangle someone or something; to mess something up. The wind snarled my hair up terribly. The wind snarled up my hair.
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snarl something out

to utter something by snarling or growling. Lefty snarled a naughty word out at the police. Walt the pickpocket snarled out a curse as the cop grabbed his coat collar.
See also: out, snarl

snarl up

1. To become tangled in or as if in a knot: This new fishing line keeps snarling up.
2. To tangle or knot something: The wind snarled up my hair. I snarled the kite up in a tree.
3. To involve someone or something in or as if in a tangle: Their lawyers snarled us up in litigation for years. Don't get me snarled up in your affairs. An accident snarled up traffic for hours.
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Tim Henman, of course, was always derided for being too nice, too middle England, while Murray is disliked for being too snarly and Scottish.
I need to sink my hands in the earth as often as possible as a result I have gardeners hands with snarly nails but who cares.
And what about the mean, widemouthed, snarly face, the not inconsiderable rear spoiler and those twin, king-sized "trumpet" tailpipes?
The album launches with the snarly Violent Femmes pop punk of Consider Yourself Swallowed.
It does not spoonfeed them with unremitting efforts to make successive situations readily believable, whether they are meeting a not-so-scary octopus or those snarly sharks.
From wary customer in the snarly, take-it-or-leave-it environment of the big-city marketplace to shopper-friendly proprietor of the only retail game in town.
On the stage, Vice President Cheney (Zach Grenier) looms silently on the edge, his bald, egg-shaped head tilted and chin scrunched down into his shoulder and mouth twisted into a snarly grin.
It was quite snarly and mangy and gave out distinct vibes that said, "Don't mess with me".
Because the Internet operates without traditional media gatekeepers controlling what is said, freedom of speech is often the snarly sort.
And I was feeling quite chirpy so it wasn't my attitude towards them that made them snarly.
Fans of glam/garage/punk might get a warm, fuzzy feeling of nostalgia--OK, a cool, snarly feeling of nostalgia.
His singing combined a rather lean and snarly tone, a pliant legato and expressive use of sotto voce.
When Molly said hello, snarly Shannen cut her off with: "I know who you are.