tangle with (someone or something)(redirected from tangling with something)
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 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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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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