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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 unfortunately.
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 best politicians choose their battles wisely: if one becomes too entangled in petty debates, one never gets anything done. 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. You have so many knots in your hair that I can't help but entangle them with the brush unfortunately.
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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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References in classic literature ?
As Tarzan approached, the beast turned, snarling, toward him, struggling to extricate itself; but one great limb across its back and the smaller entangling branches pinioning its legs prevented it from moving but a few inches in any direction.
The great tree with its entangling branches rose gradually from the panther, who, feeling the encumbering weight diminish, quickly crawled from beneath.
The ravine was so overgrown with tangled vines and wildwood that had there ever been a pathway it was now completely obliterated; and it was with difficulty that the man forced his way through the entangling creepers and tendrils.
He struck at the trailing rope that offended his nerves, clawed at the trap of the collar that encased his neck, fell, rolled over, offended his body-nerves more and more by entangling contacts with the rope, and for half an hour exhausted himself in the futile battle with the inanimate thing.
Tarzan smiled as he recalled Sheeta's great rage, his frantic efforts to free himself from the entangling strands, his uncanny screams that were part hate, part anger, part terror.
But by entangling the atoms, Monz's team reduced the list of possibilities to two.
Washington, November 3 ( ANI ): Researchers have developed a new method for entangling single photons that gyrate in opposite directions.
It is tempting to see the June 25, 2006 abduction of Gilad Shalit as in some ways a replay of the June 28, 1914 assassination of Archduke Ferdinand by Serbian terrorists: a seemingly minor incident magnified into a world-historic tragedy (WWI) through the logic of entangling alliances and the opportunism of ambitious world leaders.
We believe," the letter reads, "that this is government entangling itself with the inner-workings of one religious institution, thus engaging in a dangerous precedent of the state involving itself in a particular church's polity.
Owen married his lover, the Pasha's daughter Zeinab, who is ostracized by her former friends for entangling herself with the Welsh expatriate.
He uncovers a nasty 50-year-old plot still very much in play today that involves political intrigue in the Vatican and a web of intrigue entangling the Vatican, Nazi Germany and Israel.
no eyes" speech): "Kyd's poetry aims rather to articulate an entangling web of relations, and its force depends on the preserved tension between urgency of individual feeling and the necessity, imposed by the social structure of the represented world, to postpone, double back, 'go by' (as Hieronimo famously described it) in rhetoric as in action" (72).
Melt blown microfibers have been entangled in scrims or webs, staple fibers have been entangled in elastomeric structures to make stretch fabrics, binder fibers have been blended during entangling and later activated to offer shapeable or moldable fabrics and many other combinations have been produced to offer unique properties.