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1 a twisted and tangled mass that is highly interwoven; "they carved their way through the tangle of vines"
2 something jumbled or confused; "a tangle of government regulations" [syn: snarl, maze]


1 force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action; "They were swept up by the events"; "don't drag me into this business" [syn: embroil, sweep, sweep up, drag, drag in]
2 tangle or complicate; "a ravelled story" [syn: ravel, knot] [ant: unravel, unravel]
3 disarrange or rumple; dishevel; "The strong wind tousled my hair" [syn: tousle, dishevel]
4 twist together or entwine into a confusing mass; "The child entangled the cord" [syn: entangle, mat, snarl] [ant: disentangle, disentangle]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. a tangled twisted mass
  2. a complicated or confused state or condition
    I tried to sort through this tangle and got nowhere.
  3. an argument, conflict, dispute, or fight


tangled twisted mass
complicated or confused state or condition
argument, conflict, dispute, or fight


  1. to become mixed together or intertwined
    Her hair was tangled from a day in the wind.
  2. to be forced into some kind of situation
  3. to enter into an argument, conflict, dispute, or fight
    Don't tangle with someone three times your size.
    He tangled with the law.
  4. to mix together or intertwine
  5. to catch and hold


to become mixed together or intertwined
to be forced into some kind of situation
to enter into an argument, conflict, dispute, or fight
to mix together or intertwine
to catch and hold

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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