entangle (someone or something) in (something)

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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 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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References in classic literature ?
He flew around with a great whir of his wings and settled upon a large ram, with the intention of carrying him off, but his claws became entangled in the ram's fleece and he was not able to release himself, although he fluttered with his feathers as much as he could.
The Bannacks immediately posted themselves on each side of a dark ravine, through which the enemy must pass, and, just as they were entangled in the midst of it, attacked them with great fury.
The review of academic papers found reports of 557 sharks and rays entangled in plastic, spanning 34 species in oceans including the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian.
TACLOBAN CITY - A young female whale shark was killed after getting entangled in a gill net in Marabut town, Samar, recently.
figure By CHARLES LWANGA Police in Kilifi are searching for an Italian man, who is entangled in a hotel ownership dispute in Watamu, after a court issued a warrant of arrest.Mr Stefano Ucelli, a former manager at Temple Point Resort, is being sought for skipping court over five times as a witness in a cybercrime case involving his business counterpart Isaac Rodrot.
Administrator James Schneeberger, 35, drowned after he became entangled in the rope he was using, an inquest heard.
RSPCA Inspector Andy Broadbent said: "We are regularly called out to deal with horrifying injuries and deaths of wildlife which have become entangled in, or have eaten, plastic litter.
Adding, "Sociopaths will keep you entangled in their web of lies and you will be one of their many victims.
A 500-kilogram leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coricea) was accidentally entangled in a fisherman's net Thursday morning in Balatan town in Camarines Sur province.
In the first instance, according to the organisation, a two-metre long pantropical spotted dolphin, named tushuk in Balochi and gokin in Sindhi, got entangled in the gillnet being used by fishermen operating in the Indus Canyon about 176km southeast of Karachi last Tuesday.
In another incident, fishermen led by Ameer Badshah, the captain of a tuna fishing boat, safely managed to release a two-metre-long pantropical spotted dolphin which was entangled in their gillnet, in the Indus canyon about 176 kilometre southeast of Karachi, on Tuesday.
A young gull became so badly entangled in plastic thread that its feet started to swell and blister.
The poor turtle was entangled in fishing nets which were incorrectly discarded on the beach.
"The particles are first entangled in pairs," describes Lanyon.
It was because of bad governance that the country was entangled in heavy debt, he claimed.