One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Miles found himself tangled in coils of rope’
entangle, snarl, catch, entwine, intertwine, intertwist, twist, ravel, knot, enmesh, coil, mat, jumble, muddle
untangle, disentangle, unravel
2‘he was suffering from minor injuries after tangling with his old rival’
come into conflict, become involved, have a dispute, dispute, argue, quarrel, fight, row, wrangle, squabble, contend, cross swords, lock horns
1‘a tangle of branches’
snarl, mass, mat, cluster, knot, mesh, disorder, thatch, web
2‘the home team's defence got into an awful tangle’
muddle, jumble, mix-up, confusion, entanglement, mishmash, shambles, scramble
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