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tangle up

1. To become tangled. I store each strand of Christmas lights in a separate bag so they don't all tangle up.
2. To entangle or ensnare someone or something in something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tangle" and "up," and the phrase is often followed by "in (something)." You have so many knots that I can't help but tangle the brush up in your hair unfortunately. Spiders try to tangle up their prey in their webs.
3. To involve or entrap oneself or someone in something, such as an issue, problem, or scandal. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tangle" and "up," and the phrase is often followed by "in/with (something)." The best politicians choose their battles wisely and avoid becoming too tangled up in petty debates. My brother has tangled me up with a number of lawsuits to keep me from accessing our late father's estate.
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tangle with (someone or something)

To fight, argue, or engage in a dispute with someone or something. I wouldn't tangle with them if I were you. They've got so much money that you'll never stand a chance in court. My brother always had a habit of tangling with kids much bigger than him. Trust me, she is not one to tangle with.
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tangle someone or something up

to entangle someone or something. Please don't tangle me up in your ropes. I tangled up my feet in the cords on the floor.
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tangle with someone or something (over someone or something)

to battle against someone or something about someone or something. Tim tangled with Karen over the children. I hope I don't have to tangle with the bank over this loan. I don't want to tangle with city hall.
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tangle up

1. To mix something together or intertwine it in a confused mass; snarl something: I accidentally tangled that rope up with the others. You've tangled up all the paper clips and now I can't separate them. The telephone cord is tangled up in a knot.
2. To catch and hold something in or as if in a net; entrap something: The children tangled the kite up in the branches. I tangled up the fishing lure as I was pulling it through the weeds. A dolphin became tangled up in the fishing net.
3. To involve someone in awkward or unsavory circumstances. Used chiefly in the passive: How did a good kid like you get tangled up with criminals? No politician would want to be tangled up in this sordid affair.
See also: tangle, up

tangle with

To enter into argument, dispute, or conflict with someone or something: The tenants were afraid to tangle with their landlord's expensive lawyers.
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tangle with someone/something

in. to quarrel or fight with someone or something. It’s like tangling with a grizzly.
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Repeated visits to the mouth of the retreat during tangle construction resulted in the apparent reinforcement of the few lines radiating from this area, a possible adaptation to sense the location of prey in the web, and to facilitate orientation of the spider to prey in the web.
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To build the language-dependent part of TANGLE, it is enough to tell TANGLE how to tokenize the input and how to write out a token list.
Adams contracted Miami, Florida-based product management services leader Innovation Direct[TM] to represent the Tangle Preventer to potential licensees for a 2 year period.
The accumulating protein tangles, known as "tau", are thought to kill off neurons, leading to poor memory.
Potential licensees in the pet accessories industry are currently being targeted as candidates to commercialize Tangle Free 2 Dog Leash on a worldwide basis.
William Stewart, from the University of Glasgow and Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, UK, found both tau tangles and amyloid-beta plaques in survivors, years after a single moderate-to-severe TBI.
While longhaired cats require the most upkeep, mats and tangles can be an issue for all cats.
Additionally, the No More Tangle eliminates the considerable expenditure of time and the hassle inherent in attempting to untangle cords.
Certified Zentangle Teacher Sandy Steen Bartholomew has created three "Yoga For Your Brain" decks comprised of 40 instructional Zentangle cards designed to teach original tangle designs with easy to use steps for completing each design on the back of each card, plus nine bonus cards introducing basic tangling methods.
This is one of the first studies to examine both stroke risk and plaque and tangle levels in the brain in relation to cognitive decline before dementia has even set in.
Suitable for young people in kindergarten through grade four, A Tangle of Tales is an anthology of forty-two short stories and poems, enlivened with occasional black-and-white line drawings.
This tangle decomposition is compatible with the automorphism group, in the sense that for a (3 + 1)-free poset P, Aut(P) breaks up as the direct product of the automorphism groups of its parts.
Data Plastics' Managing Director, Carl Reeve, said: "Going forward, we will have a state of the art injection r moulding machine that will not only give us increased production for the Tangle Teezer brand.