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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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These features have received limited attention, overshadowed in part by the subsequent launch of Instagram Stories, however such features provide value in storing content within the app itself and facilitate the type of ensnarement mechanism utilised by the company's competitors.
As he notes to his confidant, the letter writer, it may be his new friend Ali who prevents his moving on; his ensnarement indicates that he is perhaps trapped in a land where he is free to embrace his new masculine identity, though he is only beginning, at the close of the novel, to openly announce it to the world.
45) Magdalena and Corinthians' ensnarement by a patriarchal system which is predicated upon the division of labour along gender lines is reflected in the fact that their brother is unable "to really distinguish them (or their roles) from his mother.
Anita Hill's ensnarement between conflictive discourses resonates with that of Sojourner Truth: The colorblind ideology expressed by some of Hill's white female supporters, for example, led them to see her accusation solely as a gendered issue (Crenshaw, 1992), while at the same time, many in Black communities were concerned primarily with the racial implications of such an "airing of dirty laundry.
What use would a company of young Iranian women living in an oppressive fundamentalist state have for Nabokov's Lolita, a novel detailing the ensnarement and rape of a 12-year-old girl by the quixotic and obsessed H.
According to Spender, Malcolm Lowry's big book spun about that self-contradiction tells of a life of ensnarement in a "despair .
If it's a fishing pole, don't say that it's an icthyological ensnarement solution.
To Kennedy, the modern embrace of hard drug abusers as evil slime who merit, and do receive, harsh penalties seems closely correlated to the enormous rise in the percentage ensnarement of African Americans in today's War o n Drugs.
Those costs could come in the form of overaggressive government agents or, more likely, the ensnarement of the innocent in the search for the guilty.
All reference to a third viewpoint has been removed, although this would enable them to escape the binary, narcissistic relationship in which the other is no more than a representation of the self and the fascinated ensnarement to which it may give rise (3).
615) Searches of pregnant black drug addicts for evidence of drug abuse presumed harmful to their soon-to-be-born children thus carry the kind of status diminishing stigma associated with ensnarement in the criminal justice system.
923-24), the king hesitates to tread on the sumptuous fabrics his murderous wife has strewn on the palace steps for his ensnarement.
Over the course of sixteen short but tightly woven chapters, Stanley Fish documents how paying attention to the way language works in controversies like these enables us to avoid ensnarement in traps of our own -- or our adversaries' -- making.