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tangle with someone or something (over someone or something)
to battle against someone or something about someone or something. Tim tangled with Karen over the children. I hope I don't have to tangle with the bank over this loan. I don't want to tangle with city hall.
tangle with somebody/something
to disagree or fight with someone or something She's not afraid to tangle with her father. The two computer giants had tangled with each other in court several times.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of tangle (to get things mixed together so that it is difficult to separate them)
To enter into argument, dispute, or conflict with someone or something: The tenants were afraid to tangle with their landlord's expensive lawyers.