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disentangle (someone or something) from (someone or something)

To untangle someone or something from someone or something else. There are so many cords plugged into this outlet that it will take us all day to disentangle each from the other. I had to disentangle the twins from each other a few times when they started fighting over a toy, but otherwise they were very well behaved.
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disentangle someone or something from someone or something

to untangle someone or something from someone or something. I helped disentangle Tony from the coils of ropes he had stumbled into. They worked feverishly to disentangle the dolphin from the net. He disentangled himself from the net.
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DISENTANGLING a knotty re-wiring problem is a major breakthrough in repairing severed spinal cords, scientists have revealed.
This report aims to fill the gap in the literature by disentangling the relationships between language-minority status, race-ethnicity, SES, immigrant status, and academic achievement.
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After over a year disentangling itself from its loss making Smiths Directories Internet venture, chief executive Jason Smith said the company was now back in 'growth mode'.
By disentangling the period's drama from its customary aristocratic and royalist ties, Wiseman is able to represent this period's drama anew.
Although she does not encounter major new findings that might revolutionize the field, her careful disentangling of the web of understandings and misunderstandings by Indians and Europeans alike results in series of small but important revelations into the nature of Spanish colonialism that can be fruitfully applied to colonial situations elsewhere.
In addition to disentangling tendentious statistics, Sowell seeks to penetrate the rhetoric of the left.
ISDA considers that the Basel Committee, by relying on banks' internal ratings and by disentangling the impact of the many individual risk drivers (probability of default, loss given default, exposure at default, maturity) on banks' capital, has designed a truly risk sensitive capital framework.
Disentangling an Invisible Trade: State Interventions in Dutch and Dutch-Curacaoan Single-Mother Families
By disentangling the pathways involved in nanoparticle uptake and early sorting, the knowledge gained with NanoPaths will allow guiding the design of successful nanomedicines.
Similarly, the central econometric problem faced by researchers who use market-level data is the difficulty of disentangling demand and supply shocks.
Assessing Multilingual Children: Disentangling Bilingualism From Language Impairment
They emphasize the inter-connectivity of population issues, not only in disentangling the key events of births, deaths, and migrations but also in terms of the implications for social, political, cultural, and environmental change.