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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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Most improvements were found on conflict-escalating signals such as staring, growling or snarling with adults and older children showing the highest levels of improvement.
| Ashley Blake with Jenny Binns, Ben Manning and Pablo Raybould on set of The Snarling
It goes without saying that Wolves will miss the snarling Ince, a real driving force in the win over United and the equally encouraging 1-1 home draw against Liverpool that followed.
Photograph by Chris Pietsch / The Register-Guard A semi-truck hauling lumber overturned Tuesday afternoon, snarling traffic at Interstate 5 and Belt Line Road for more than six hours.
They were running around the field, snapping and snarling. But at the end they ran off with their tails between their legs."
THE licensee of a village pub has walked free after a judge heard that a stick he used to attack two men had been picked up to defend himself against a snarling dog.
His snarling at one international accord after another besmirches the United States and makes the world a more dangerous place.
The Vietnamese will receive $1.75 million worth of demining gear under the June 2000 agreement to aid in the removal of the estimated 3.5 million mines, as well as vast amounts of unexploded ordnance which is contaminating its countryside and snarling its infrastructure.
It could be a catcher (like Mickey Cochrane) prodding the pitcher and keeping everyone else up on their toes with a snarling line of chatter.
4, 1972, a surge of electricity raced down a telephone cable in the midwestern United States, temporarily snarling long-distance phone service.
While neither modern lawmaker would have the debonair arrogance of Randolph to enter the chamber with a pack of snarling mastiffs, quirkiness in Congress may not be entirely dead.
"It is alleged that one of the dogs was snarling at the man and his pet so he used his dog ball launcher to keeping the animals at bay.
Theophilus Freeman (Paul Giamatti) takes delivery of Solomon and ignores his pleas for leniency, snarling, "My sentimentality stretches the length of a coin".
And leaping in the air while snarling at an opponent like a demented rottweiler is a new yoga position used to promote inner calm?
A woman in a car who saw the attack honked her horn to try to get the snarling pack to stop.