tangle

A tangle is a jumble. You might have a tangle of cords behind your computer or a tangle of complications related to your taxes. Whatever it is, once something is in a tangle, it's difficult to sort out.

The word tangle likely originated from a Scandinavian source — taggla, in a Swedish dialect, means “disarrange.” Tangle also can be used as a verb: you may tangle your hair as a fashion statement, but then it hurts to comb it out. As a noun, tangle can refer to an argument or a fight between two people: if you're really feisty, people might be warned away from getting into a tangle with you.

Primary Meanings of tangle

1.
vn
twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
a twisted and tangled mass that is highly interwoven
2.
v
force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
Full Definitions of tangle
1

v twist together or entwine into a confusing mass

Synonyms:
entangle, mat, snarl
Antonyms:
disentangle, straighten out, unsnarl
extricate from entanglement
Types:
felt
mat together and make felt-like
enmesh, ensnarl, mesh
entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh
Type of:
distort, twine, twist
form into a spiral shape

v disarrange or rumple; dishevel

Synonyms:
dishevel, tousle
Type of:
disarrange
destroy the arrangement or order of

v tangle or complicate

Synonyms:
knot, ravel
Antonyms:
unknot, unpick, unravel, unscramble, untangle
become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers or threads of
ravel, ravel out, unravel
disentangle
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Type of:
enlace, entwine, interlace, intertwine, lace, twine
spin,wind, or twist together

n a twisted and tangled mass that is highly interwoven

“they carved their way through the tangle of vines”
Types:
hair ball, hairball, trichobezoar
a compact mass of hair that forms in the alimentary canal (especially in the stomach of animals as a result of licking fur)
shag
a matted tangle of hair or fiber
Type of:
natural object
an object occurring naturally; not made by man

n something jumbled or confused

“a tangle of government regulations”
Synonyms:
maze, snarl
Type of:
perplexity
trouble or confusion resulting from complexity
2

v force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action

Synonyms:
drag, drag in, embroil, sweep, sweep up
Type of:
involve
engage as a participant

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