[ UK /tˈæŋɡə‍l/ ]
[ US /ˈtæŋɡəɫ/ ]
  1. force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
    don't drag me into this business
    They were swept up by the events
  2. tangle or complicate
    a ravelled story
  3. disarrange or rumple; dishevel
    The strong wind tousled my hair
  4. twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
    The child entangled the cord
  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
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How To Use tangle In A Sentence

  • It was a simple rectangle of crudely mounded basalt rocks, a distinctive arrangement reminiscent of the way Samoans and other Polynesians marked their dead in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  • Some houses were reduced to neat rectangles of foot-high rubble.
  • The ensuing grassroots campaign failed to save "embrangle" (to confuse or entangle) and "caliginosity" (dimness, darkness). Jezebel
  • Stick us in a virgin paradise, and we create great honeycombed bureaucracies, vast bramble-fields of rules and regulations, ornate politburos filled with policymaking politicos, and, above all, tangled webs of power.
  • It is patent that dusk found them weary and worn, plodding and wading silently "homewards," shovel on shoulder, across four or five kilos of desolate mud; falling and tripping over stagnant bodies, masses of tangled wire, bricks and jagged wood-work everywhere impeding progress. Norman Ten Hundred A Record of the 1st (Service) Bn. Royal Guernsey Light Infantry
  • There was a convoluted tangle of coloured threads around you, some of which seemed to be paths.
  • Once the victim's mind had "snapped" into cult mode, the unsnapping requires a massive assault on the victim's mind to untangle the coded messages injected into it by the sinister forces of the cult leader. Warren Adler: Martha Marcy May Marlene: A Brave Movie
  • We were caught in a tangled web of relationships.
  • We can't show each other any favoritism, can't put the others at risk because of emotional entanglements. MINUTES TO BURN
  • As he rose in society, his romantic entanglements damaged his career and he returned to his former sweetheart in Ireland. Times, Sunday Times
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