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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 best politicians choose their battles wisely: if one becomes too ensnared in petty debates, one never gets anything done. 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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When MaryAnn, a counselor for battered women, dares to venture into South America to offer guidance to a brutalized young woman, she walks unawares into a remorseless trap--Manolito waits to ensnare her with seductive, predatory power.
It then grows into a spaghetti tangle that can even ensnare more than one plant.
The book champions the efforts of small communities, which are, the author says, "certainly one of the few places in the world where the scions of great moneyed families are socially and politically outranked by persons who earn their living stuffing rotten herring in nylon bags in an effort to ensnare large bottom-feeding bugs.
Otherwise, their refusal to marry certain licensed couples while agreeing to marry others may further ensnare them in the legal/political thicket.
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To engage such material--to embarrass and even offend audiences and to ensnare the eager critic m contradiction and multiple meaning--adds up to an ambitious enterprise.
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