But she tangled with a friend over abortion, and soon found herself reading technical medical books in the library.
The president, who has tangled with his generals, must have been kidding.
But then the movie kind of started skipping along like some tangled tumbleweed of confusion.
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.).