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tangle1

[tang-guh l] /ˈtæŋ gəl/
verb (used with object), tangled, tangling.
1.
to bring together into a mass of confusedly interlaced or intertwisted threads, strands, or other like parts; snarl.
2.
to involve in something that hampers, obstructs, or overgrows:
The bushes were tangled with vines.
3.
to catch and hold in or as if in a net or snare.
verb (used without object), tangled, tangling.
4.
to be or become tangled.
5.
Informal. to come into conflict; fight or argue:
I don't want to tangle with him over the new ruling.
noun
6.
a tangled condition or situation.
7.
a tangled or confused mass or assemblage of something.
8.
a confused jumble:
a tangle of contradictory statements.
9.
Informal. a conflict; disagreement:
He got into a tangle with the governor.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English tangilen, tagilen to entangle < Scandinavian; compare Swedish (dial.) taggla to disarrange
Related forms
tanglement, noun
tangler, noun
tangly, adverb
Synonyms
8. snarl, net, labyrinth, maze.
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British Dictionary definitions for tanglement

tangle1

/ˈtæŋɡəl/
noun
1.
a confused or complicated mass of hairs, lines, fibres, etc, knotted or coiled together
2.
a complicated problem, condition, or situation
verb
3.
to become or cause to become twisted together in a confused mass
4.
(intransitive) often foll by with. to come into conflict; contend to tangle with the police
5.
(transitive) to involve in matters which hinder or confuse to tangle someone in a shady deal
6.
(transitive) to ensnare or trap, as in a net
Derived Forms
tanglement, noun
tangler, noun
tangly, adjective
Word Origin
C14 tangilen, variant of tagilen, probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish dialect taggla to entangle

tangle2

/ˈtæŋɡəl/
noun
1.
alternative names (esp Scot) for oarweed
Word Origin
C16: of Scandinavian origin: compare Danish tang seaweed
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Word Origin and History for tanglement
tangle
mid-14c., nasalized variant of tagilen "to involve in a difficult situation, entangle," from a Scand. source (cf. dialectal Swed. taggla "to disorder," O.N. þongull "seaweed"). In ref. to material things, from c.1500. Meaning "to fight with" is Amer.Eng., first recorded 1928. The noun is first recorded 1615, "a tangled condition." Tanglefoot (1859) was Western Amer.Eng. slang for "strong whiskey."
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Slang definitions & phrases for tanglement

tangle

verb

To fight; mix it up (1928+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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