embroil

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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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Besides, the old fellow had entered so heartily into the ancient feud with Prince Beelzebub that he would have been perpetually at blows or ill language with some of the prince's subjects, and thus have embroiled us anew.
'If I were going to remain here, I might think it worth my while to embroil myself.
"What if a war between Israel and Lebanese Hizbullah that emerges is not solely between them but becomes a northern war that embroils more of the Levant in that?" Cattler asked.
Thus began a conversation of more than 40 years, as Arab and Jew learned to discuss the complexities of the problem that still embroils the Middle East today.
Luther's enterprising friend Sparky is dying to get out of Flint, and he has hatched a get-richquick scheme, involving a rat and a lawyer whose phone number is 1-800-SUE-EMALL, in which he embroils Luther.
Luther's enterprising friend Sparky is dying to get out of Flint, and he has hatched a get-rich-quick scheme, involving a rat and a lawyer whose phone number is 1-800-SUE-EM-ALL, in which he embroils Luther.
Her daughter Stella can sometimes tell when a person will die and this gift embroils her father Will in a murder investigation.
A treasonous plot embroils the lovers, but their real enemy is the misunderstanding and fear that keeps them from admitting to true love.