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ensnare (someone or something) in (something)

1. Literally, to catch someone or something, as a trap. If we can't ensnare an animal in this trap, we're not going to eat tonight.
2. To trap or involve oneself or someone in something troubling, such as an issue, problem, or scandal. A noun or pronoun can be used between "ensnare" and "in." The other candidates ensnared the politicians in petty debates, and he was never able to make his point. Our father's lack of a will has ensnared my brothers and me in many lawsuits over his estate.
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ensnare someone or something in something

1. . Lit. to capture someone or something in something. Dave ensnared the rabbit in his trap. Henry ensnared himself in the trap they had laid for deer.
2. Fig. to catch or "trap" someone in an act or pattern of deception. She sought to ensnare him in his own framework of lies. He ensnared himself in his many lies.
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The stewards inquired into the apparent improvement of Ensnare compared to his previous run at Kempton on September 15, when he finished 12th, beaten ten lengths, with Musson stating the horse had benefited from the application of first-time blinkers.
BOOKMAKERS were saved from an estimated pounds 1 million payout last night when Ensnare, trained by John Butler, who had saddled Stand Guard and All About You to win earlier in the day, could finish only tenth in the 1m handicap at Kempton.
STEVE Donohoe's 800-mile trek around Britain was well rewarded when Ensnare gave him his third winner in 36 hours in the totesuper7 Handicap at Ayr yesterday.
Many of the basiji, who operate under the control of the Interior Ministry, are attractive young men who use Internet chat rooms to post their pictures and ensnare gay men.
Andrew Jones, 44, was living in a probation hostel in Walsall when he tried to ensnare the 15 year-old boy from Tenbury Wells.
50 Cent - on the market again after splitting from Kill Bill actress Vivica A Fox - pulled out all the stops to ensnare Katy, 32, when she interviewed him for Capital FM.
I Capture The Castle" is a period romance about two young English sisters, living in aristocratic poverty, who set out to ensnare two rich American brothers in marriage.
Adkins suffered from depression, a mental illness that can ensnare a person in gloom and sadness for days, weeks or even years.
Key skills needed: ability to walk in high heels, wear pretty dresses, and ensnare a footballer/pop star/ reality TV boyfriend.
Ensnare (right): has a good draw and comes from an in-form yard
They have struggles enough without man trying to ensnare them.
Lee Costi had already groomed and then had sex with two other young girls when he was caught by police trying to ensnare his third - a girl of 14.
Never-before-seen documents uncovered last week claimed she had passionate affairs with a car salesman (and others) while she was trying to ensnare Edward.
Mines that fling nets to ensnare bad guys a la Spiderman.
com is some sort of April Fool joke or an elaborate police honey-pot operation to ensnare hapless spliffheads.