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entangle (someone or something) in (something)

1. Literally, to tangle or ensnare someone or something in something. You have so many knots that I can't help but entangle the brush 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 "entangled" and "in." The other candidates entangled the politicians in petty debates, and he was never able to make his point. Our father's lack of a will has entangled my brothers and me in many lawsuits over his estate.
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entangle (someone or something) with (something)

Literally, to tangle or ensnare someone or something with something. The kids keep circling me and entangling me with the jump rope.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

entangle someone or something in something

1. . and entangle an animal in something Lit. to catch or tangle up someone, a group, or an animal in something. Careful! Don't entangle your foot in the anchor chain. Somehow I entangled the dog in the fishing net.
2. Fig. to get someone or a group involved in something. She was trying to entangle us in her latest cause. They entangled us in their lawsuit.
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entangle someone or something with something

to get someone or something tangled up with something. He sought to entangle the pursuing mugger with a mass of ropes and boards. Sam entangled the rabid dog with a net and got away. He entangled himself with the ropes on the deck.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"The entangled messenger pairs could be produced in a dedicated part of the computer and shipped separately to qubits that need to be connected with a logic gate but are in remote locations," Leibfried added.
"These are hugely powerful animals and when they become entangled it is quite likely they will also destroy a fisherman's equipment, whether that is a creel or machinery aboard the vessel.
They have to come up with required manners lest entangled.
Elaborating on threats to dolphins, he said that once entangled, most dolphins drowned and died immediately, though in some cases, entangled dolphins did survive onboard fishing vessels, he added.
Once entangled, dolphins drown and die immediately.
The deceased identified as Qamar Zaman, son of Maqsood, as resident of Bahu Mann was cutting fodder when all of a sudden he was entangled with the belt and was cut into pieces.
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Muscat: A group of fishermen rescued a loggerhead turtle entangled in a fishing net on Masirah Island on Saturday.
Islamabad -- Former Federal Minister of Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that the matter of Chaudhary Nisar Ali got more entangled rather than becoming resolved but it happened unfortunately as we did not want it.
Entangled Memories: Remembering the Holocaust in a Global Age
proposed a protocol for teleporting a one-qubit state via a three-particle entangled state [12].
A NORTHERN bottlenose whale has drowned off the coast of Scotland after becoming entangled in rope.
KeedeRoll 100 is a geometrically shaped roll with entangled net bonded to fabric, which provides a fast, durable, and cost effective solution for tile installation.
The researchers developed entangled elementary particles--in this case photons, the smallest units of light--to transmit information through a shared pair of entangled quantum state of photons.