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embroil (one) in (something)

To trap oneself or someone in 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The occupation of Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands was merely a consequence of the embroilment with Britain and France: the issue of territorial acquisitions in Western Europe was entirely secondary.
(7.) Due to a long-standing racial controversy, there would seem to be plenty of reasons why Lucas's accidental encounter with a white boy should not escalate into direct embroilment, after he rescued Charles (Chick) Mallison from a frozen creek.
University of Oregon doctoral student Dana Rognlie criticized "academia's problematic ethical embroilment with apparel companies via student athletics," which happens to be the subject of her dissertation at the UO.
Exploring the turbulence and controversy so characteristic of Syrian and Iraqi Jewry at the time, he shows that few elected to the post served out the whole term or avoided embroilment in acrimonious conflicts.
And was its offer of assistance the reactive and duty-bound response to the empire's embroilment in a continental war that underpinned that commemoration?
All was not well with the world, but rumors of diplomacy with Japan, and hopes of evading embroilment in Europe's hostilities, allowed New Orleanians to indulge in the warm safe embrace of hometown normalcy.
As a head military attache in Berlin, he provided expert intelligence on the Nazi military buildup only to have it ignored at the highest levels, and his association with Lindbergh during this era led to his embroilment in political rivalries that undermined his credibility The narrative of "political polarization and demonization of ideological opponents" that Shearer presents is interesting in itself, and, as he concludes, it also has "an oddly familiar ring to those of us accustomed to the American news media markets of our own times." Shearer's essay presents further hope for the future of the humanities in educating our honors students, interpreting our world, understanding complex ideas, and moving toward a better society.
Turning to the empirical study, section two traces the implementation of the RBAF and its embroilment in technical difficulties, political contestation and the ambiguities of measurement.
Pakistan's close embroilment in Afghanistan has also been discussed.
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El-Ariss extends the pun on the court "trial" of Mustafa Sa'id, charged with murdering his English lover, to include the "trials" that are produced within the native's implication and embroilment with modernity.
The 'extravagant intensity of perception' (letters VW 4, 231) that illness and aloneness brought to both Woolf and Mansfield seems key to the oblique viewpoint from which their short fiction was articulated; it is this distance that divorces the subject from embroilment in the everyday and initiates the unheimlich.
He quoted Obama's criticism of Turkish and Gulf States' role in arming and financing the Takfeerists to justify his party's embroilment in the Syrian struggle.
Too exacting a review of explanations in deficiency notices would risk such embroilment. Especially when de novo review is in the offing, courts should confine preliminary review to broad strokes rather than attempt to micromanage.