ensnare (someone or something) in (something)

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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 IMF may provide respite in the short term but in the long run we are again going to be ensnared in a debt trap.
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Nickel soared to a three-year peak on Wednesday as what analysts said were misplaced concerns that the metal would become ensnared in U.S.
As the US has been at daggers' drawn with Iran, China, Russia and North Korea, Pakistan could soon find itself ensnared in a very difficult situation.
In the process, she becomes ensnared in a web of deceit, intrigue and contradictions spun by her loved ones.
During a High Court bail application her barrister Charles McCreanor QC said: 'The background of this case, as explained to me, is that this is a Triad operation and she got caught up in it, she got ensnared in it."
Sir - One despairs of our political commentators who seem to be ensnared in the seesaw politics of "first-past-the-post".
Author Joseph Bathanti, a teacher and VISTA Volunteer worker for the North Carolina Prison system, weaves a harrowing story about a man who takes a job at Coventry Prison and rapidly becomes ensnared in a cell of his own making.
What happens when creatures of the sea become ensnared in the trappings of the human world?
"They were equally conscious that the Christian churches have been caught up and ensnared in the conflicts and tensions which have shaped Irish life in past centuries.
Thousands of commuters became ensnared in traffic chaos following a motorway crash yesterday.
Wiggins' analysis justifies his conclusion that the poem "gives the Impression of being part of a spontaneous dialogue taking place in the heat of conflict and the reader has the pleasure of witnessing the speaker become step by step more and more ensnared in the trammels of his faulty argument and his false position" (86).
The bird, ensnared in wire, had rested on the aerial of a home in Leyburn Close, Holbrooks, when it became hooked yesterday evening.
Because if they shouldn't represent people ensnared in difficult marriage break-ups, then surely they shouldn't represent murderers, sex offenders and bank robbers either?