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enmesh in (something)

1. Literally, to tangle someone or something in something. You have so many knots that the brush keeps getting enmeshed in your hair.
2. To involve or trap oneself or someone in something, such as an issue, problem, or scandal. A noun or pronoun can be used between "enmesh" and "in." The best politicians choose their battles wisely: if one becomes too enmeshed in petty debates, one never gets anything done. Our father's lack of a will has enmeshed my brothers and me in many lawsuits over his estate.
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enmesh someone or something in something

 
1. . Lit. to entangle someone or a group in something. Don't enmesh yourself in these ropes and chains. I didn't mean to enmesh you in this net. I should have kept it out of the way. Jane enmeshed herself in the net that had been set out to dry.
2. Fig. to get someone or a group involved in some problem. They enmeshed us in their problems even though we tried to avoid it. We enmeshed the entire committee in the lawsuit. Why do I always enmesh myself in someone else's business?
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References in classic literature ?
It seemed to him that she was getting more and more enmeshed in them, and capable of shorter and less frequent flights into the outer world, and yet she was only thirty-three.
htm) come down heavily on the Brotherhood as scores of its leaders have been jailed while the outfit itself is enmeshed in legal problems.
Kansas has been enmeshed in a struggle over teaching evolution since 1998, when candidates who favored teaching creationism won a majority on the Board of Education.
Stephen Jones is a young recruit who reports in for his first day in the Training Sales Department in Seattle's Zephyr Holdings Building only to find the department enmeshed in a scandal involving the theft of a doughnut.
Once the hundreds of formerly sovereign nations of the world are politically enmeshed in various regional entities--the European Union, a North American Union, a Middle East Union, etc.
The campus has been enmeshed in strife for months over the creation of a Chicano Studies program.
As a boy, Dwight Enhart found himself enmeshed in the fogs of an ordinary teenage boyhood in 1946 as a young man who had development into a shy, yet respected leader in his high school, The Fading Of The Scars is an engaging tale of the young discovery of God through friendships and social barriers that eventually break through as a message of enlightenment.
The viewer was thus enmeshed in a "seriality" of images whose leveling power implied an altogether more depressing definition of "the opposite of progress": If the reflections of Morris's cubes add nothing to the real world, Meckseper seems to say, current activist strategies yield little more.
She discusses the personal life of the female professional dancer: her humble background, her sadistic dance teachers, her victimized social life all too often enmeshed in prostitution.
Told from the point of view of historians who begin their study of Dracula almost by invitation from the vampire himself, this is also the story of a family that becomes enmeshed in centuries of history, myth, danger and research.
Following the suicide of his favorite client, Dodds becomes enmeshed in the dead man's life, not only writing about it but also befriending the man's Down syndrome-affected sister, June.
If ever there were two occupations enmeshed in one another's success, it would be home office underwriter and producer.
Maddie's two best friends, Peter and Susan, have dropped her, enmeshed in their own romance.
British colonial rulers left India a massive bureaucracy enmeshed in a culture of secrecy.
One could easily be enmeshed in a long dinner discussion of these items--except if one starts with raw materials first.