tie into knots

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tie into knots

Confuse, upset, or bewilder, as in He tied himself into knots when he tried to explain how the engine works. This metaphoric idiom transfers a knotted tangle to mental confusion. [Late 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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