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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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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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These earlier efforts showed that the uncertainty in these measurements would be advantageously lower if the atoms were all entangled, rather than merely a bunch of independent objects that happened to be near one another.
In a paper last year, they introduced the idea of entangled histories, cases in which a single chronology is insufficient to explain the observed changes in the properties of a particle.
The force spokeswoman said: "It appears that the girl has become entangled in a piece of play equipment.
The snake was entangled in netting often used in vegetable gardens and was unable to slither free.
Scientists will look at different ways of designing the matter-light interaction used to produce entangled photons, including neutral atom memories with electronically excited interactions, nitrogen-vacancy defects in diamonds and charged quantum dots.
WRECKAGE n Helicopter is upended as it smashes into ground yesterday EMERGENCY n Firemen spray aircraft in New Zealand ENTANGLED 3 Copter's rotor blades get caught in cable
It had become entangled in a creel line, a rope attached to cages on the seabed used to catch lobsters and crabs.
The whale is entangled in a creel line, a rope attached to cages on the seabed used to catch lobsters and crabs.
A LARGE sea turtle was yesterday receiving treatment after it was found washed up on shore near Larnaca airport having sustained injuries when it became entangled in a fisherman's net.
2 : to catch in a tangle <Birds were entangled in the net.
VINALHAVEN, Maine - Investigators say a 2-year-old Massachusetts boy died from strangulation when he became entangled in a portable crib's mesh netting in Maine.
In quantum physics, each of two objects can exist in its own state, or the objects' states can be entangled, meaning that, while separate, they are not independent of each other.
Some of the latest feathered casualties have been a Khaki Campbell duck, found with a barbed hook through its leg, and a goose entangled in fishing line so tightly, its head was pulled to its feet, after swallowing a hook.
Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality