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embroil in (something)

To trap oneself or someone in something, such as an issue, problem, or scandal. A noun or pronoun can be used between "embroil" and "in." The best politicians choose their battles wisely: if one becomes too embroiled in petty debates, one never gets anything done. Our father's lack of a will has embroiled my brothers and me in many lawsuits over his estate.
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embroil someone in something

Fig. to entangle someone in something; to get someone involved in something. Please do not embroil me in your squabbles. I wish I could keep from embroiling myself in this kind of mess.
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References in classic literature ?
To embroil the confusion, and make it impossible to arrive at any general statement,--when we have insisted on the imperfection of individuals, our affections and our experience urge that every individual is entitled to honor, and a very generous treatment is sure to be repaid.
As you said, I have on the boots of a cavalier, but I do not intend, for all that, to embroil myself with the church this evening.
If I were going to remain here, I might think it worth my while to embroil myself.
Venerable trapper, our communications have a recent origin, or thy interrogatory might have a tendency to embroil us in angry disputation.
NNA - 14/10/2012 - Despite its being in itself a feat of technical/military breakthrough, Hezbollah's remote-controlled pilotless drone sent by the party over the Mediterranean Sea and into Israel, might embroil the country in an unnecessary conflict Fouad Sinyora commented today.
The American company selected a subcontractor on its own, do not embroil me and the government into this," Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov said at the government meeting today in comments about the tenders in Manas Airport.