Its solution—a tangle of suspicion that spreads from a police unit to local drug ring—is clever and well constructed.
The tangle of groups, funders, and leaders in the black anti-immigration effort—as in the broader movement—can be hard to follow.
And it turns out those hard-charging characteristics are exactly what is needed to tangle with the truculent contenders.
Dressed in shades of green from lime to olive, she had a tangle of glittery chains around her neck.
Pettet threw his head back and laughed as he recounted his tangle with the police.
A great bird rose screaming from a tangle of vines; its heavy, flapping wings flashed red against the pale trees.
"It wasn't just a tangle, like combings," she went on slowly.
Activities double on themselves and tangle themselves up in other activities until each activity becomes a mystery to itself.
He looked backward from the heights above the tangle after they had come through it.
The time has come for dives and hunts among the tangle of the water-weeds; and for us the day of trouble has also come.
mid-14c., nasalized variant of tagilen "to involve in a difficult situation, entangle," from a Scandinavian source (cf. dialectal Swedish taggla "to disorder," Old Norse þongull "seaweed"). In reference to material things, from c.1500. Meaning "to fight with" is American English, first recorded 1928. Related: Tangled; tangling. Tanglefoot (1859) was Western American English slang for "strong whiskey."
1610s, "a tangled condition," from tangle (v.).