One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Interfere in something that is not one's concern.‘this man intermeddled in all my affairs’‘wanton and officious intermeddling with the disputes of others’
interfere, butt in, intrude, intervene, interlope, pry, poke, nose, busybody, interpose, obtrude, thrustView synonyms
- ‘The intermeddling of the defendant must be shown to be intentional.’
- ‘It has never yet been explained to me what the United Kingdom Parliament was doing intermeddling in our constitutional affairs in 1986.’
- ‘Before he entered that war, first he sent his messengers to the sultan of Egypt, requiring him not to intermeddle in that war.’
- ‘I am looking at a statute of a foreign Parliament purporting to intermeddle in our constitutional affairs.’
- ‘The basic problem is intermeddling in the business of the internal processes of a House of the Parliament.’
- ‘It is not intermeddling; it is upholding the Constitution.’
- ‘You are not intermeddling if you are upholding human rights.’
- ‘I once more, therefore, insist, that you do not intermeddle.’
- ‘The programme leader for the archaeology BSc degree intermeddled in the exam marking process.’
- ‘Once you are made bankrupt you cannot intermeddle in the property because the property is then in the hands of the trustee for the benefit of the creditors.’
Late 15th century: from Old French entremesler, from entre- ‘between, among’ + mesler ‘meddle’.
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