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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  
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  
3    disentangle, extricate, free, straighten out, unravel, untangle  
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  ( tangles    plural & 3rd person present)   ( tangling    present participle)   ( tangled    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A tangleof something is a mass of it twisted together in an untidy way.  
usu N of n  
A tangle of wires is all that remains of the computer and phone systems...     
2       verb   If something is tangled or tangles, it becomes twisted together in an untidy way.  
Animals get tangled in fishing nets and drown...      get/be V-ed in n  
She tried to kick the pajamas loose, but they were tangled in the satin sheet...      V-ed  
Her hair tends to tangle...      V  
He suggested that tangling fishing gear should be made a criminal offence.      V n, Also get/be V-ed  
3       n-sing   You can refer to a confusing or complicated situation as a tangle.  
oft N of n  
I was thinking what a tangle we had got ourselves into.     
4       verb   If ideas or situations are tangled, they become confused and complicated.  
usu passive  
The themes get tangled in Mr. Mahfouz's epic storytelling...      get/be V-ed  
You are currently in a muddle where financial and emotional concerns are tangled together.      V-ed  
  tangled      adj  
His personal life has become more tangled than ever.      tangle up  
1       phrasal verb   If a person or thing is tangled upin something such as wire or ropes, they are caught or trapped in it.  
usu passive  
Sheep kept getting tangled up in it and eventually the wire was removed...      get/be V-ed P in n  
The teeth are like razors. Once you get tangled up it will never let you go.      get/be V-ed P  
2       phrasal verb   If you are tangled upin a complicated or unpleasant situation, you are involved in it and cannot get free of it.  
usu passive  
Politicians normally avoid getting tangled up in anything to do with their electorate's savings.      get/be V-ed P in/with n  
  tangled up      adj   v-link ADJ  
For many days now Buddy and Joe had appeared to be more and more tangled up in secrets.     

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tangled, tangible, tang, tale

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