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tangled up with somebody

involved with someone The boy had gotten tangled up with a bad bunch of kids and was in serious trouble.
Usage notes: usually said about someone who causes you trouble
See also: tangled, up

tangled up with something

also tangled up in something
involved in something that is difficult to get out of It is a huge mistake to get tangled up with drugs. The Development Commission got tangled up in a controversy and lawsuit over a gravel plant located along the railroad tracks.
See also: tangled, up

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.
See also: tangled
References in classic literature ?
Lieutenant Charpentier, who had been bringing up the rear of the column, now came running to the scene, and on hearing the details of the ambush ordered the men to follow him, and plunged into the tangled vegetation.
Interwoven with dead limbs and living branches were the tough and ropelike creepers which formed a tangled network across their path.
On one occasion as they were dining upon the carcass of a boar that Sheeta had dispatched, Numa, the lion, grim and terrible, broke through the tangled grasses close beside them.
THE cruiser Vanator careened through the tempest That she had not been dashed to the ground, or twisted by the force of the elements into tangled wreckage, was due entirely to the caprice of Nature.
The night was so very still that one should have been able to hear the whisper of roses in blossom -- the laughter of daisies -- the piping of grasses -- many sweet sounds, all tangled up together.
The Binu man traced out the mechanics of the trap, and exposed the hidden fibre in the tangled undergrowth that at contact with Koogoo's foot had released the taut bow.
He had been at work here, and a steep and slippery horse trail now crossed the creek, so they rode up beyond, through the somber redwood twilight, and, farther on, through a tangled wood of oak and madrono.
Not one was able to bear a hand, so Charley and I between us cleared the badly tangled running gear, got up sail, and hoisted anchor.
He heard her, and tried to pull down the sail; but the wind would not let go of the broad canvas and the ropes had become tangled.
Having handled the net, he threw it into the river, but became tangled in the meshes and drowned.
The tops of the high mountains tremble and the tangled wood echoes awesomely with the outcry of beasts: earthquakes and the sea also where fishes shoal.
It seemed to come from a clump of rank and tangled bush not far from where Delcarte stood.
He took a stool at her feet, and set himself to unravel one of the tangled skeins.
Low growls vibrated his heavy jowls and his great rage transmitted to his sinuous tail a sharp, whiplike motion; but realizing from past experience the futility of long distance argument with the ape-man, he turned presently and struck off into the tangled vegetation which hid him from the view of his tormentor.
He was blockaded in a tangled mess of vehicles and horses.