One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[with object]often as adjective embroiled
1Involve (someone) deeply in an argument, conflict, or difficult situation.‘the movie's about a journalist who becomes embroiled with a nightclub owner’‘she became embroiled in a dispute between two women she hardly knew’
involve, entangle, ensnare, enmesh, catch up, mix up, bog down, mireView synonyms
- ‘And now we are embroiled in another of track and field's endless efforts to get ahead of dopers.’
- ‘The National team is currently embroiled in an exhibition tour in B.C. versus Japan.’
- ‘Club members were embroiled in a row over a proposed new clubhouse recently.’
- ‘Recently separated from the woman who had helped her win round her parents, she discovered her former lover was embroiled in a battle with cancer.’
- ‘We will just throw them into the air and no one will ask again until people are embroiled in litigation.’
- ‘Pretty soon he is embroiled in a series of incidents which move fluidly between comedy and tragedy and, at once, draw the audience in.’
- ‘But, the way she tells it, the fact that she was embroiled in legal action of any kind was enough for film studios to become nervous.’
- ‘As he gets more deeply embroiled in these situations, he has a lot of tough decisions to face.’
- ‘Even the Royal Family are embroiled in a hair-scare scandal.’
- ‘By night he was embroiled in the drawn-out takeover talks.’
- ‘‘We don't want this thing to end up in some kind of miscalculation that embroils us in a conflict,’ he said.’
- ‘My parents are currently embroiled in much the same thing.’
- ‘He was also embroiled in a bitter dispute with a Limerick criminal.’
- ‘But he was quickly embroiled in a range of media interviews as the press release hit the news desks.’
- ‘If there are a few loose ends to be tidied up on that front, it is nothing compared to the financial mess in which he is embroiled with one of his former clubs.’
- ‘Maybe gangsters are embroiled in some kind of gun culture, but responsible shooters are certainly not.’
- ‘There are so many contradictions and paradoxes that you're just embroiled in them all the time.’
- ‘The more he investigates, the more things don't add up and soon he is embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse with the real killer.’
- ‘He was embroiled in a heated exchange at a public inquiry into controversial plans to build a mosque in his Clitheroe ward.’
- ‘He was embroiled in controversy during a visit to Israel when he denounced Jewish settlements on Arab territory.’
- 1.1archaic Bring into a state of confusion or disorder.
Early 17th century: from French embrouiller ‘to muddle’.
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