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"It wasn't just a tangle, like combings," she went on slowly.

He looked backward from the heights above the tangle after they had come through it.

It is a nest of greenery in the midst of a tangle of brushwood.

What on earth could I do when affairs were in such a tangle?

There was a tangle of undergrowth, and a heavy grove of palms.

I suppose he worries dreadfully about his part of the tangle.

This time he got further into the tangle before he grounded.

There were some weather-beaten trees and a tangle of shrubs about it.

The tangle is a shocking one—lies, lies everywhere, and in the places where they were least to be expected.

He made her lift her face from the tangle of silk bed quilts.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., nasalized variant of tagilen "to involve in a difficult situation, entangle," from a Scandinavian source (cf. dialectal Swedish taggla "to disorder," Old Norse þongull "seaweed"). In reference to material things, from c.1500. Meaning "to fight with" is American English, first recorded 1928. Related: Tangled; tangling. Tanglefoot (1859) was Western American English slang for "strong whiskey."

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