Definition of a tangled web in English:

a tangled web

phrase

  • A complex, difficult, and confusing situation or thing.

    • ‘It may be the most complex structure in the universe, a tangled web of more than a hundred billion nerve cells.’
    • ‘But with official records locked away for many years to come and her life shrouded in a tangled web of secrecy, the real truth has probably died with her.’
    • ‘The trial threatened to, and in the event did, unmask a tangled web of conflicting engagements between government departments.’
    • ‘The whole situation had been a tangled web, but after everything that had occurred, he knew that for the sake of family and for the sake of a child, he knew he would have to go back.’
    • ‘I'm one of those people that believes decisions are rarely black and white, but rather are a tangled web of possibilities, opportunities, and consequences.’
    • ‘Instead, it has become a tangled web of bureaucracy, with unprecedented powers afforded to the Minister.’
    • ‘While in Mexico to retrieve an overdue debt, he finds himself embroiled in a tangled web of love, passion and betrayal.’
    • ‘Rather than enter into the labyrinth of that debate, I would prefer to argue that it shows what a tangled web we weave whenever we import private profit into a public service.’
    • ‘I didn't mention that I had dated a total of one guy, had a disastrous event with two others and was in a tangled web of confusion with a third.’
    • ‘He stars as the hard-bitten ex-cop who gets drawn into a tangled web of drugs, murder, and ultimately, revenge.’