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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Kusama's "obsessional art" relies on polka dots--tropes for the ego--as building-blocks for her pieces, frequently enmeshing the dots in patterns she dubs "infinity nets." Often, her objects are entirely covered with phallic shapes made of cloth, and the accumulation of these shapes in an undifferentiated mass merges with the surrounding space to obliterate the surface.