tie (oneself) (up) in knots

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tie (oneself) (up) in knots

1. To make oneself confused, anxious, worried, and/or upset, as when trying to make a decision, come up with an idea, or resolve an issue. Now don't go tying yourself in knots over the details of your papers — at this point, all you need is a cohesive outline. We've tied ourselves in up knots this past week trying to decide on who to hire, but I think we've reached a decision.
2. To become flustered while attempting to explain something (to someone). Primarily heard in UK. Jim's a smart guy, but for some reason he always ties himself up in knots whenever I ask him to explain something on the computer for me.
See also: knot, tie