snarl up


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snarl someone or something up

to tangle someone or something; to mess something up. The wind snarled my hair up terribly. The wind snarled up my hair.
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snarl up

v.
1. To become tangled in or as if in a knot: This new fishing line keeps snarling up.
2. To tangle or knot something: The wind snarled up my hair. I snarled the kite up in a tree.
3. To involve someone or something in or as if in a tangle: Their lawyers snarled us up in litigation for years. Don't get me snarled up in your affairs. An accident snarled up traffic for hours.
See also: snarl, up
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During 2009, roadworks on the A55 have caused major snarl ups and delays and a contraflow system in the tunnel while the resurfacing is carried out will add to drivers' misery.
Today's picture above, shows ththat traffic snarl ups in Newcastle are nothing new as the report on the old Scotswood Bridge headlined Tempers fray on 'Bridge of Sighs' - Daily chaos of traffic hold ups shows.
Why do we all have to rush about, thus causing snarl ups and overloaded trains?
For while we don't suffer the snarl ups experienced elsewhere in the country , any regular motorist will tell you certain arterial roads quickly become congested at peak times.
Central Trains, the city's commuter rail service, is bracing itself for the masses of shoppers who choose to ride by rail into the city centre, rather than fight through the traffic snarl ups.