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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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Researchers have succeeded in entangling three different-colored beams of light, entangling six photons and entangling eight calcium ions, revealing much more complex kinds of entanglement.
then (for one entangling technique) it will be instantly known that the partner photon is horizontally polarized.
The "entangling alliances" we have created are a major reason why terror has been visited upon us in New York (1993), Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Tanzania, Yemen, and, of course, again in New York and in Washington, D.C., on September 11th.
And just as Switzerland has wisely refrained from joining the European Union, the United States should exit NAFTA and the WTO and cease all moves that would involve us with any other "entangling" economic alliances.
"Our organisation tried our level best to save the birds from entangling into the strings during the kite flying festival, but those which died, we are expressing our grief and thus took out a funeral procession.
By means of a choreographed sequence of laser pulses, the scientists in each group set the stage for teleportation by tweaking one of the three ions so that it would have a particular quantum state and by entangling the second and third ions.
Entangling the photon and ion is a step toward entangling two widely separated ions, say Boris B.
Although it may be necessary to cooperate with friendly governments, there is no reason to become further enmeshed in entangling alliances abroad.
However, more modest but still substantial improvements over current GPS accuracy may be attainable by entangling just a few photons, he says.
While the technical ease of entangling atom clouds by this method has great appeal, using ensembles of particles also has drawbacks, remarks Wolfgang Tittel of the University of Geneva.
In a manner analogous to the optical experiments, the researchers created a quantum conduit by entangling two atoms.
Researchers have informally dubbed it the `Velcro effect;' referring to the clingy commercial material whose entangling fingers close pocket flaps and serve in a host of familiar applications.