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tangle         

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      n  
1    a confused or complicated mass of hairs, lines, fibres, etc., knotted or coiled together  
2    a complicated problem, condition, or situation  
      vb  
3    to become or cause to become twisted together in a confused mass  
4    intr; often foll by: with   to come into conflict; contend  
to tangle with the police     
5    tr   to involve in matters which hinder or confuse  
to tangle someone in a shady deal     
6    tr   to ensnare or trap, as in a net  
     (C14 tangilen, variant of tagilen, probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish dialect taggla to entangle)  
  tanglement      n  
  tangler      n  
  tangly      adj  
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tangle          [2]   , tangle weed  
      n      alternative names (esp. Scot.) for       oarweed  
     (C16: of Scandinavian origin: compare Danish tang seaweed)  

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tangle

  

      n  
1    coil, confusion, entanglement, jam, jungle, knot, mass, mat, mesh, ravel, snarl, twist, web  
2    complication, entanglement, fix     (informal)   imbroglio, labyrinth, maze, mess, mix-up  
      vb  
3    coil, confuse, entangle, interlace, interlock, intertwist, interweave, jam, kink, knot, mat, mesh, ravel, snarl, twist  
4      (often with)       with   come into conflict, come up against, contend, contest, cross swords, dispute, lock horns  
5    catch, drag into, embroil, enmesh, ensnare, entangle, entrap, implicate, involve  
  
Antonyms     
  
3    disentangle, extricate, free, straighten out, unravel, untangle  

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