tangled web

tangled web

A convoluted situation usually caused by some form of deception. The investigation revealed a tangled web of fraud among the members of the political party.
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a tangled web

A tangled web is a situation that is very confused and difficult to understand. This is only one of a series of troubling questions that are emerging from the tangled web of evidence connected to the case. It is sometimes difficult to cut through the tangled web of government information in order to work out the benefits you can claim.
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a tangled web

a complex, difficult, and confusing situation or thing.
This phrase comes from Sir Walter Scott 's epic poem Marmion ( 1808 ); ‘O what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!’
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References in classic literature ?
Threads of joy ran in and out of the gray tangled web of daily living.
It was fully an hour thereafter that doubts began to enter Bulan's head, and as the day dragged on he came to realize that he and his weird pack were alone and lost in the heart of a strange and tangled web of tropical jungle.
Oh, Marilla, `what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.
Before he turned in that night his thoughts reverted many times to the beautiful young woman into the evidently tangled web of whose life fate had so strangely introduced him.
The story was an ordinary one enough, but something in Lovell's manner of telling it seemed somehow to bring into their consciousness the apprehension of the tangled web of passions which burned underneath its sordid details.
Spenser's genius was never for strongly condensed narrative, and following his Italian originals, though with less firmness, he wove his story as a tangled web of intermingled adventures, with almost endless elaboration and digression.
So the tangled web will be most speedily and most intelligibly unrolled.
To us, the tangled web spun by Dumlao is incredible and a mere afterthought after he was already pinpointed by (SPO3 Ricky) Sta.
He weaves his way through the tangled web of social media sites and lastly explains how to find and communicate with experts on the web.
Yet this emotionally intelligent first feature offers a sympathetic but clear-eyed look at the tangled web of inequalities that entrap women (and the men they love and resent) in a Bedouin village stranded between modernization and anachronistic patriarchy.
A brother is murdered, another is missing, and Lindsey is at the heart of alibis that don't make sense and a tangled web of deceit.
In reality, it's a tangled web of fighting groups who've knocked against each other in both countries, losing, swapping and grabbing territory, day-by-day, for the last four years.
Oh, what a tangled web And Steve buys bog roll, then proposes marriage to Michelle.
But his investigations uncover a tangled web of lies, and truths which none of those in power are prepared to reveal.
A tangled web of ruthless machinations lurk underneath this assignment, that will push Jacob to his cognitive as well as physical limits, in this suspenseful edge-of-one's seat saga