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snarl at (one)

1. Literally, to growl at one in a vicious manner and with teeth bared. I knew not to approach the dog when it started snarling at me. The poor woman was so overcome by delirium that she actually snarled at the doctors and nurses.
2. To speak or respond to one in a particularly nasty or aggressive manner. She positively snarled at me when I suggested that she should take a break to focus on her kids. If you snarl at me like that again, I'm sending you straight to bed.
3. To utter something at one in a particularly nasty or aggressive manner. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "snarl" and "at." He snarled his answer at me, so I knew not to push him any further. I got so sick of the coach snarling orders at us, so I quit the team.
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snarl out

To utter something in a particularly nasty or aggressive manner. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "snarl" and "out." He snarled out his answer at me, so I knew not to push him any further. I got so sick of the coach snarling orders out at us, so I quit the team.
See also: out, snarl

snarl up

1. To become entangled or knotted. I hate the way the cords always snarl up behind the television. The line snarls up if you reel it in too quickly.
2. To cause something become entangled or knotted (in something). In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "snarl" and "up." I was standing too close to a tree when I cast my line and snarled it up in the branches. The child snarled up his mother's hair with the twisty toy.
3. To involve or entrap oneself or someone in something, such as an issue, problem, or scandal. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "snarl" and "up." The best politicians choose their battles wisely—if you spend your time snarling yourself up in petty debates, you'll never get anything done. My brother has snarled me up with a number of lawsuits to keep me from accessing my late-father's estate.
See also: snarl, up

snarl at (someone, something, or an animal)

to growl at someone, something, or an animal angrily and threateningly. The dog snarled at everyone who passed by. Our dog used to sit in front of the washing machine and snarl at it.
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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 something out

to utter something by snarling or growling. Lefty snarled a naughty word out at the police. Walt the pickpocket snarled out a curse as the cop grabbed his coat collar.
See also: out, snarl

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.
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The storm system is moving down from Northern California, where heavy rain and snow snarled traffic on Thursday, temporarily closing major routes across the Sierra Nevada.
1 -- ran in Valley and AV editions) Californians returning from Las Vegas are stuck for hours in Interstate Highway 15 traffic snarled by snow and rain on Sunday.
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Light rain and claps of thunder snarled commutes and prompted people to keep umbrellas handy Friday, as the National Weather Service predicted wet weather would likely continue through next Thursday.
NEWHALL - Traffic was snarled and a highway call box was destroyed Tuesday on the Golden State Freeway after a trash truck driver opted to dump cargo that had caught fire, authorities said.
NEWHALL - What should have been a welcome end to an all-night hunt for three jail escapees turned bitter Wednesday morning as CHP officers and sheriff's deputies battled over who would transport the recaptured inmates - a side-of-the-freeway spectacle that snarled traffic in the Newhall Pass for more than an hour.
AGUA DULCE - A multivehicle traffic collision snarled the northbound morning commute on the Antelope Valley Freeway just north of Agua Dulce Canyon Road, causing a two-hour delay but no major injuries.
ASKED to identify their two top public-policy concerns, most respondents in a recent poll of Southern Californians said overcrowded schools and snarled freeways.